Avid athlete: Will have played varsity baseball all four years as a pitcher and infielder. At 6 feet 6 inches tall, also made a fine addition to varsity basketball the last three years as a center and forward.
Help from below: Younger brother is a sophomore and also plays sports. “I enjoy playing and practicing with him.”
Off the court: Volunteers at a senior center in Edmonds for service hours, playing cards, games and talking with the elderly there. Also on the parish youth leadership team at Holy Rosary in Edmonds, where he helps organize youth nights and other activities, such as monthly visits to a homeless youth shelter. “I stay pretty busy.”
Interests: Include public speaking. Plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration at one of six colleges and universities to which he’s applied. Sticks to the movie theater for entertainment, where latest ticket stubs have included “National Treasure” (“I enjoyed it.”) and “The Grudge” (“It wasn’t too bad.”).
Hitting the books: Earned honors for highest grade-point average among the school’s athletes with a cumulative 3.94 GPA at the end of last school year. Looking forward to new law class next semester.
Statistically speaking: Advanced-placement statistics is his first such course. “I’m learning percentages I didn’t even know you could figure out.” Helped by a visit from a Seattle SuperSonics representative who talked about how statistics help players improve their game. It has applications to his own time on the court, encouraging him to take that 3-point shot.
Most interesting resume item: Donated a ptarmigan – a grouse with feathered feet – to the Smithsonian Institute for research. Part of a hunting trip in Alaska with his father, brother and a family friend who has connections to the institute.
Poster boy: Principal Kristine Brynildsen-Smith sees him as a model for the school. “He’s so well-rounded. And he’s extremely compassionate and caring.”
Likes where he is: Just enjoys high school, trying new things and hanging out with family and friends. “I’ve enjoyed every bit of high school. It’s really been great for me. If you have a good attitude, it’s hard to have a bad experience.”
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