Ivy dreams: Is applying for early admission to Columbia University in New York and has looked at other Ivy League schools.
Nice connection: High school baseball coach, Roger Anderson, helped him get in touch with his brother, who is a professor of oceanography at Columbia University. Attended a baseball camp at the school last summer and found he really liked the campus.
Career plans: Undecided. Can see majoring in chemistry and pursuing a job in environmental science, but knows those aspirations can change.
Inner drive: Will graduate from high school with nine college-level Advanced Placement courses on his transcript, including two independent study classes in German and physics this year along with Advanced Placement statistics. “This year is actually a lighter load than last year was.”
Big on baseball: Has played baseball most of his life and looks forward to his senior year when he might be catcher. Got to play in a national tournament last summer in Colorado for the Seattle Bombers, which won the tourney. Favorite baseball player is retired Mariners’ designated hitter Edgar Martinez.
Beyond baseball: Took up crew this year and convinced an LSHS science teacher to teach him fencing skills. Crew has been great for cross-training, but has also been a good lesson in life. Much of his time has been spent rowing on a boat with younger people.
Light reading: Is reading Shakespeare’s “Richard II” in spare time and lists Jules Verne and Michael Crichton among his favorite authors. Has also enjoyed reading World War II history.
Nice childhood: An only child who describes Lake Stevens as “a nice, kind of homey community. I’m grateful I have had a stable childhood.”
Wrong impression: “I have two or three friends that I really hang out with. To most people I just seem like a guy who takes AP classes and plays baseball. I’m really a shy person and it gets taken as being snobbish.”
Favorite musician: Johnny Cash.
Favorite movie: “Patton.”
Getting a push: Has taken several rigorous and college-level courses with his girlfriend, Carlie Elledge, whom he credits with helping open his eyes to academic opportunity. “She had kind of contributed to my drive. I was never really interested in going to a prestigious school until she kind of showed me my potential.”
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