Drum roll, please: Has played drums for more than six years and is member of the school’s Jazzmine performing group. Traveled with Jazzmine to perform in Florida last spring, the longest trip of his life. Music and drums are a part of who he is beyond the classroom. “I kind of base my life on rhythm. It’s just like a part of me.”
Future plans: Is taking college entrance exams and attending college fairs as a junior. Contemplating communications major in radio broadcasting and could see himself becoming a disc jockey because of his love of music.
Variety: Likes many kinds of music including alternative rock, country, jazz and occasionally rap. Favorite groups at the moment are Modest Mouse, Green Day, The Shins and Postal Service.
Hard worker: Pays many of his own expenses and drives a 1986 pickup truck with 253,000 miles. Worked last summer at a cabinet factory, learning to cut the pieces, drill holes and put them together. Says it is important to develop a work ethic and the job taught him good technical and life skills.
Challenging schedule: Taking several tough classes, including college-level advanced-placement English. Recently enjoyed reading “A Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. “We read a lot, and there’s lots of deep thoughts and deep meanings.”
Major change of scenes: Moved from development in Kent to acreage north of Arlington as an elementary school student. Loves the space. Built tree house with his dad and brother as a kid. Family has a border collie named Chloe and recently added two goats.
Another move: Spent freshman year at the old Arlington High School and likes the new campus more. “It’s nice to be in a new facility and have nice new things. It is a better learning environment than we had over there. … It’s like walking into a Costco and it’s still nice to have the ‘new’ label on it.”
Favorite movies: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Seven.”
Involved: Is a junior class officer. “I always like being part of my class. I like being involved.”
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