Homegrown: Attended Cascade and Allen Creek elementary schools, Marysville Middle and Junior high schools and Marysville-Pilchuck High School. “I like Marysville. You just feel at home here. It’s a tight-knit community. You know a lot of people.”
Headed east: Recently returned from orientation and will attend Boston University in the fall. Originally planned to major in exercise science, which is offered at the school, but has changed his mind. “I always like strength and conditioning. As I started taking different classes, I have become more interested in other things. I just didn’t know if I wanted to do that kind of work for the rest of my life.”
Tough schedule: Spent part of last week at the Marysville Public Library preparing for college-level advanced placement-chemistry exam, a course he describes as “definitely getting me ready for college.” Also took advanced-placement calculus, advanced-placement English, Spanish, contemporary world problems and U.S. foreign policy his senior year. Earned a 3.96 grade point in high school. His graduation is Thursday.
Secret to success: “You just do your homework, and I had my mom there to (encourage) me.”
Deceiving looks: At 5 foot 7 inches and 145 pounds, Jason may not be the typical running back. However, he started for the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks football team. His mindset: “You have pads and you just run as hard as you can.” Also participated on the school’s track team.
New game ahead: Looks forward to learning “Broom Ball,” a popular intramural sport at Boston University played at an ice hockey rink.
Sound body, sound mind: Outside of school and sports, Jason has worked on his conditioning for years. Spending time with family and friends, including Matt Michel, whom he has known since eighth grade, is also important to him.
Favorite movies: “The Mighty Duck” series.
Plans: Still deciding on a major. “I plan to come back to Washington. I just like the area, but I want to see what else is out there first.”
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