Super Kid: David Santos, 17, Lake Stevens High School senior

Academic drive: Is taking college-level Advanced Placement chemistry and statistics classes, University of Washington English, an honors class on current American issues, Spanish and physics.

Favorite subject: Math. “I just like logic problems and how it’s so challenging. Last year, I took Advanced Placement calculus. I just loved that class.”

Next year: Plans to attend University of Washington. Is considering a biochemistry major, but also is interested in music and math. Will be following in family footsteps of his grandfather, father and sister in becoming a Husky.

Career: Undecided, but can envision attending medical school and pursuing medical research into causes of diseases such as cancer or HIV.

Right note: Has played piano for several years and recently took up guitar. “I’ve played a lot of classical and I really like the Beatles.”

More Fab Four: “Hey Jude” is favorite Beatles song. “I have been obsessed with them. I just listen to their music all the time.”

Good example: Enjoys being a senior, but doesn’t believe it gives him license to hassle younger students. “Everyone looks up to you so long as (you) don’t look down on them.”

Likes to learn: Does his homework and takes challenging classes, but doesn’t limit school assignments to his pursuit of learning. “I’m just interested in knowledge. I want to learn as much as I can. I want to make valuable use of my life.”

Battle of brains: Has been on the school’s Knowledge Bowl and Hi-Q academic teams this year. Likes the math and science questions the most.

World travels: Has been to Venezuela three times and Europe twice.

Furry friends: Has a dog named Osa and a cat called Leia, who is named for the princess in “Star Wars.”

Favorite movies: “James Bond.” Likes Timothy Dalton version of the British spy the most. “His portrayal of James Bond is a lot like Ian Fleming wrote it. He is very true to character.”

Most like to meet: If he could have lunch with any historical figure, he’d like to dine with Rodrigo Diaz De Vivar, also known as “El Cid Campeador,” an 11th-century Spanish political and military leader.

Childhood: Grew up in Lake Stevens area and liked to play in the lake and attend the Aquafest, Lake Stevens’ annual community festival. One of the best parts of growing up was playing in the woods with his friends. “We were really goofy kids. We would pretend a lot and just make up games.”

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