Super Kid: Jimmy Besancon, 16, Stanwood High School sophomore

Up to a challenge: Doesn’t have your typical sophomore schedule. Classes include three college-level Advanced Placement courses in physics, calculus and European history along with second-year German, English and studio voice.

Favorite subject: The sciences, especially cellular biology. Considering a career in bioengineering.

Balance: “I certainly have to put in a lot of (study) time. It’s certainly not consuming my entire life.”

Keeping busy: Participates on school’s Knowledge Bowl, Hi-Q and Science Olympiad academic teams and also on the high school tennis team.

Fitting in: Likes high school for more than academics. Has made good friends, particularly among science team members.

No meat: Became a vegetarian about four years ago. “I never really, really liked (meat). This is healthier and I have some compassion for animals.”

Island life: Has grown up on Camano Island in a home along the water. Likes to go boating and being outdoors. “You have all the nature around you and you can wander through and enjoy it.”

Good example: Used to tag along with his sister, Elaine, when she attended Stanwood schools and would compete in regional, state and national Science Olympiad competitions. Elaine went to Harvard for undergraduate studies and is now enrolled in medical school there.

Favorite music Classic rock ‘n’ roll.

Favorite group: Led Zeppelin.

Musically inclined: Sings tenor with the Seattle Children’s Chorus. Group traveled to Brazil to perform last summer.

Right chords: Plays guitar.

Historical figure: Would interview French leader Napoleon if he could meet with any historical figure past or present. “We are just learning about him in history. It’s fascinating what that man did.”

Favorite author: Steven Brust, an American fantasy and science fiction writer.

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