Alena Lowery, junior, Kamiak High School

Likes to help: President of Kamiak’s Key Club, which lends a helping hand within the community and beyond. Club has made Christmas baskets for those in need and relief kits for tsunami victims in Asia. Also helps in Special Olympics and by tutoring young readers at Mukilteo Elementary.

Tough load: Is taking college-level advanced placement English and U.S. history courses along with physics, third-year Spanish, leadership and yearbook.

Familiar face: Takes yearbook class from her father, Tom, who also teaches English at Kamiak. Likes the self-directed nature of the class and chance to be creative with page layouts. “There were no incentives. He just got me interested.”

Class with Dad, Part II: “It was weird at the beginning of the year. I started calling him Mr. Lowery. I didn’t know how to address him.” She eventually settled on “Dad.”

Career goal: Nursing. Considering Gonzaga University. Spent time at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle with a friend a few years ago. That experience inspired her toward a career of nursing and working with ailing children.

Memories of Mukilteo: Remembers catching her first fish, a flounder, with her dad on a Mukilteo pier when she was a little girl. “I don’t think it was bigger than my hand, but I sure was happy.” Also liked going to a local coffeehouse for cinnamon rolls.

Favorite book: “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver.

Favorite movie: Anything with Julia Roberts.

Favorite musicians: Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, John Mayer.

Reluctant riser: First alarm sounds at 5:45 a.m., but usually needs more help. “My cell phone goes off three times. … I’m just not a morning person.”

Loves school: Favorite part is learning new things. “I know it sounds nerdy but it’s just fun to think you can learn something new every day.”

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