Sweet music Has played trumpet since the sixth grade. Often plays solos, sometimes in front of large audiences, and always performs well, says his Everett High School band teacher Gary Evans. Finished first in a regional competition last year and among the top in the state.
Family tradition: “My dad played the trumpet and my grandpa played it and I just liked the sound of it.”
Favorite sounds: Classical and jazz. Also likes performing with band at football games.
Cerebral pursuit: Is a three-year member of the Everett High School Hi-Q team, which competes in an academic bowl against other area high schools. Favorite quiz subject is biology.
Leading the way: Was class president his junior year.
Joy of argument: Is president of the school’s debate club.
Simple pleasures: “I enjoy hanging out with friends and going outside is awesome. When the leaves fell, we raked them up and jumped in them. Not a lot of people do that any more, but it’s great.”
Tasty: Favorite place to grab a bite to eat in Everett is Nokron Thai Restaurant on Hewitt Avenue. Likes the stir fry and the spicier, the better.
Good read: Favorite book is “Watership Down” by Richard Adams.
Favorite movie: “A Beautiful Mind.”
Big brother: Admires his younger sister, Emily, 13. “She’s really quick and she remembers all these different jokes.”
Next step: Plans to apply to University of Washington, Whitman College, Stanford and Yale.
Looking ahead: Considering becoming a doctor. Is interested in obstetrics, oncology and neurology.
Good training: Worked in medical records last summer at Everett’s new cancer center.
Senior project: Also spent part of his summer composing music for his senior project. Composition was for a trio. Recorded with his mentor and himself twice. “I enjoyed it. I learned a lot that I didn’t know before.”
Pushing hard: Is taking a rigorous academic load that includes college-level Advanced Placement courses in statistics, biology and English, as well as fourth-year Spanish, Washington State history, wind ensemble and 6:30 a.m. jazz band.
Early start: Split time between North Middle School and Everett High School as an eighth-grader, taking science, band and math. “I liked it up here. Everyone was so nice.”
Memorable travels: “We went to Rome when I was 11. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been. It was so rich and beautiful and I tossed my coin into Trevi Fountain.”
Goal in life: “When I pick a career, I want to help people. That’s really what I want to do.”
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