Super Kid

Rockin’ the nation: Tim was selected as a National Merit Scholar, one of 8,000 students across the United States. More than 1.3 million students took the Preliminary SAT, and the eventual National Merit Scholars were chosen based on their scores on that test, which was taken in October 2002.

Heading south: With his $2,500 scholarship in hand, Tim is heading to Rice University in Houston. “I didn’t know I was going to go there until I visited the campus during spring break. The campus is beautiful and the people; you can sit in a dorm room and have an intelligent conversation with somebody and it wouldn’t be odd.”

Time to get away: Houston’s a long ways from unincorporated Bothell, where Tim lives. “That’s what my mom keeps telling me. Right now it seems kind of nice, but maybe once I get there I’ll think, ‘Wow, this is far.’ But for now, it seems nice to get some distance.”

Professor in the making: He plans to get a bachelor’s degree in chemical or electrical engineering before going to graduate school and becoming a professor.

Who needs Circuit City? Tim enjoys building electronics. This summer, he plans on making himself an MP3 player to play digital music files. “It’s just fun to build them. I don’t really use them much after I build them. They usually just sit around.”

What’ll be on his MP3 player?: Tim likes a variety of rock music. Some favorite bands are Green Day, Muse and Eve 6.

Take a hike: Tim enjoys hiking. His favorite hike was a three-day trip with his family to The Enchantments, a series of lakes in the central part of the Cascade Mountains. “I just liked the whole trip, walking around in the snow and seeing those seven lakes.”

Serving it up: Tim played on the Jackson High School tennis team for all four years of high school. Archbishop Murphy students can play at the nearest public school if the private school doesn’t offer a sport. Playing doubles, he placed fifth in the conference as a junior, and sixth as a senior.

Small-school kind of guy: Tim went to St. Mary Magdalen in Everett before attending high school at Archbishop Murphy. “It takes some getting used to, but I think I like it better than a big school. Here, you know everybody, but I never found it suffocatingly small. But it would have been nice sometimes to have more students around.”

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