By Julie Muhlstein Herald Writer
In a letter of recommendation, Cascade High School’s athletic director and assistant principal Dave Peters wrote that “Katie’s infectious positive attitude shines through all that she does.” He was writing about Katie Weir.
Peters noted her 3.7 grade point average and rigorous courses, Advanced Placement calculus, AP world history, AP English, college-level U.S. history and symphonic choir. “I have been impressed by her sense of community and her desire to excel in every aspect of her well-balanced life,” he wrote.
Katie talked last week about school, sports, family and her future.
Q: Sports have been a big part of your life. What sports do you play, and what lessons have you learned from being an athlete?
A: My main sport is basketball. I’ve been a team captain for all three of my sports, cross country, track and basketball. From sports you learn about respecting other people. We shake hands before games. And from not winning, whenever things are bad, you learn to stay in the game.
Q: Will you go to college next fall?
A: I’ll start at Everett Community College. I plan to be a physician’s assistant. It’s a lot of school, and I don’t want to start out with a big financial burden. My plan is to transfer to the University of Washington. It’s a bachelor’s degree program, and you get certified through MEDEX Northwest.
Q: Tell me about your family.
A: My parents both went to Cascade, which is cool. I have a 19-year-old sister, Aly, at UW. My brother Peter starts high school next year. And my little sister Emma is 8. She plays softball; she’s stinking cute.
Q: And your dad is a firefighter?
A: Yes, with the Everett Fire Department. I’ve been on a fire truck and visited him at the stations. He’ll work 24-hour shifts and be gone for big chunks of time, but then he’s home a lot. That’s nice.
Q: What about activities outside of school?
Q: Do you have a favorite high school memory?
A: It was a home basketball game against Kamiak. We had lost to them previously, and we finally beat them. It was a big moment.
Q: What else will you remember from Cascade?
A: For leadership class, two times a quarter, we do this thing called peer awareness. We design a lesson plan and we get to hang out with the special education classes for a whole period. It has been one of my favorite things.
Q: And you worked on your school’s holiday food drive?
A: We went out to stores for “canning,” collecting donations. And on delivery day, I got to deliver food to people’s houses.
Q: Do you travel much?
A: I went with the school choir, the symphonic choir, to a festival at Walt Disney World. It was so much fun, and we did really well. In the summer, we go to Lake Chelan. My mom’s dad has property there.
Q: Have you had a job?
A: I have a job at Everett Golf &Country Club. It’s physical work. I have a flexible work schedule. During school, I could only work Sundays. This summer I might get another job.
Q: How about fun?
A: I try to get out with my friends. Just go get frozen yogurt or go to the beach — just being together.
Q: Is there a book you loved reading?
A: In school we read “The Things They Carried.” It’s really good, it made me want to read more.
Q: Have you had to overcome any hurdles?
A: Because I do so much, I’m not the best at anything. I’m pretty good at a lot of stuff.
Julie Muhlstein: 425-339-3460, firstname.lastname@example.org.