SUPER KID: Allison Shields, 18, Meadowdale High School senior

Off the cuff: Is co-leader of an improv theater group at Meadowdale that competes against other schools. Says it has improved her public speaking and is a great outlet from academics. “I don’t like scripted acting. If I can just ramble about nothing in particular, that’s great.”

High note: Is only girl trumpet player in the school’s symphonic wind ensemble. “It’s all my trumpet boys and me.”

Good chemistry: Taking a full class load that includes wind ensemble, French and four college-level Advanced Placement courses in calculus, government, literature and composition and chemistry. AP Chemistry has been the hardest and most time-consuming course, but she finds she likes the challenge.

College plans: Considering in-state schools for undergraduate work. Likes the University of Washington for its science programs. Undecided on exact career path but is interested in law, forensics, pharmacy and chemical engineering.

Lending a hand: Is president of her school’s National Honor Society chapter. Also is a member of a Lynnwood teen advisory group that organizes events in the community for young people. Also tutors a high school student in math.

On the job: Works at Glazed and Amazed, a pottery shop in Edmonds, and as a nanny.

Friend factor: Likes Meadowdale on many levels, finding that she can have a wide cross-section of friends from “AP kids to just random kids. It’s great.”

Good times: Has little interest in attending teen parties, but loves late-night trips with friends to Dick’s Drive-In.

Favorite author: It changes, but has recently enjoyed books by James Frey, including “A Million Little Pieces.”

Favorite flicks: “Moulin Rouge” and “Life is Beautiful.”

Role models: “I just admire people who stick up for what they believe in.”

Making music Finds she has more enthusiasm for playing holiday music than many of her Meadowdale band mates. “I love Christmas songs. Everyone makes fun of me.”

In the middle: Is third of five children, all two years apart.

Guiding influence: “My parents are pretty important in my life, my dad and mom both. They haven’t forced us to do anything, but they have kind of pushed us in a good way.”

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