Super Kid: Grayson Baden, senior, Arlington High School

Question: We hear you are one of those students who loves school. Not all kids would admit to that. Is it true?

Answer: Absolutely. I love all my classes and all my teachers. I can’t help it. I love learning and I plan to keep learning my whole life.

Q: Where are you going after you graduate from Arlington High?

A: The University of Washington is one of the schools I applied to. I am waiting to hear back.

Q: What is your goal?

A: For a long time I have wanted be a physicist or a doctor. Medicine would combine my love of science with my love of people. But during my undergrad years, I just want to keep my options open.

Q: Because you’re not just a math and science person, are you?

A: Right. I love English and French and theater, too.

Q: Do you have some favorite teachers?

A: I like them all, but I have to mention Frank Stallons, who coaches our math team; Marilee Herman, who teaches English and is our Honor Society adviser; Sherida Taylor, my French teacher; and, of course, our theater director Scott Moberly.

Q: What role do you play in your school’s current production of “The Music Man”?

A: I am Ethel Toffelmier, one of the “Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little” ladies. I love this musical. We have about 70 students involved and everyone is great. We’ve been working since December and it feels like a professional production to me. We have such great support from the Arlington community. I expect that most of our performances will be sell-outs.

Q: How about some previous work in theater?

A: Earlier this year I played Edith, the mother of Anne Frank, in the “The Diary of Anne Frank.” It was a very close cast of 10 and was very emotional. We had a lobby display from a holocaust museum and had a holocaust survivor come to speak to us. It was a powerful experience. I definitely want to do some theater in college.

Q: What do you do outside of school?

A: I’ve been cross-country skiing since I was age 4, and I’ve won some competitions. For my senior project, I did what’s called a century bike ride. I bicycled 100 miles in one day. I rode on the Centennial Trail from my house to Snohomish, then all the way north to the Nakashima Barn at the north trail head, back down to Snohomish and then back to my house. It was actually about 102 miles and it took nine hours.

Q: Wow. And did you study the history of century bike rides or …?

A: I wrote about how to prepare for one, when and what to drink and eat, your posture and how to boost your endurance.

Q: Do you have a volunteer gig?

A: Yes. I volunteer at Arlington Library one night a week. I logged 100 volunteer hours in 2013. I also have helped collect supplies and money for Housing Hope.

Q: Do people still have time to see “The Music Man” at Arlington High School?

A: Yes. We have performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday this week, with a matinee on Saturday.

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