Super Kid: Hunter Theriault, senior, Granite Falls High School

Hunter Theriault, a senior at Granite Falls High School, is the student manager of one of the teams building a small fuel-efficient vehicle called an “Eco Car.”

After high school, he wants to study pharmacy, likely starting at Everett Community College and then transferring to a university. The son of a welder and a nurse, Hunter describes himself as hard-working, dedicated and laid back.

Question: How did you get involved with Eco Car?

Answer: I took manufacturing my freshman year and I was good at that. Mr. (Michael) Werner asked me to join Eco Car. I joined at the end of my freshman year.

Q: Describe your activities.

A: I started with doing fiber glass work making bodies, then basic mechanics. I then started doing machinist work making essential parts out of alloys for the car, and now I’m the manager. We are working on a car for the 2014 Shell Eco-marathon. Our goal is 550 mpg and a car under 250 pounds.

Q: What do you do as the manager?

A: I oversee everyone, making sure they’re doing their tasks … lots of design work.

Q: What interests you about pharmacy?

A: I liked the idea of it. It sounded cool.

Q: How did you find out that science and math interested you more than other subjects?

A: My mom’s a nurse so that played into it … I took anatomy last year, and that was pretty cool.

Q: What’s different about your fourth year doing Eco Car?

A: It’s harder. When I joined, there was a pre-existing car that we built off of. This year, it’s a whole new car and there’s a lot to do.

Q: What kinds of academics are you applying when you work on the car?

A: Eco Car falls into STEM, which is science, technology, engineering, math, so everything we learn … there’s all sorts of equations.

Q: What do you like to do outside of school?

A: My main hobby is riding dirt bikes. It’s something I’ve done pretty much my entire life. My parents ride. When I was really little, I hopped on a little quad. That’s where I started.

Q: Do you have an after-school job?

A: I work up at the Granite Falls gun club … I guess my title is trap kid … when people throw clay pigeons, I keep score.

Q: Where are you at with Eco Car right now?

A: Frame and body design. We should be ordering materials soon so we can start building … a frame, wheels and a motor.

Q: How long did it take to make the foam-and-resin model for the Eco Car?

A: From when we started design to this, probably like a month.

Q: What’s different this year about the car?

A: It’s going to be lower profile. It’s going to be a lot lighter, about 200 pounds lighter. It will be aluminum, fiber glass, carbon fiber.

Q: How many kids are on the team?

A: About nine.

Q: Describe your out-of-school activities, including volunteering.

A: In November and December (2013), I volunteered with the Christmas House organization. We gave presents to children from low-income families. I helped set up the gym … Also I helped transport the gifts from where they were stored, to where we were setting up. Then I helped organize everything. After it was over, I helped tear it all down and pack up.

Q: Do you have any siblings?

A: One, a little brother.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

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