Super Kid: Katy Merritt, 17, senior, Weston High School

Question: We understand you almost quit school. What happened?

Answer: I didn’t fit in well at Arlington High School and I have medical issues — fibromyalgia, which for me is mostly a lot of joint pain.

But at Weston, my teachers are understanding of my physical problems. I have more flexibility.

That’s why I stayed in school. It’s definitely a lot better here. I don’t have to get here by first period. It takes me longer to ease into the day.

Q: What keeps you busy at Weston?

A: I am the student body secretary, I’m in the leadership class, I’m a teacher aide and I am on the yearbook staff.

Q: Weston is a pretty small school, how do produce a yearbook?

A: We may have to photocopy it or put it on a disc this year.

Q: What is ahead for you for next school year?

A: I’m not sure yet. I might take a year off before I think about college. Some friends want me to join them on their farm in Eastern Washington.

Q: What are you interested in pursuing for your future?

A: I like photography, interior design and raising dogs. I might want to be a teacher. I might want to study law enforcement. I also might want to run my own bakery someday.

Q: Talk about the recent Red Ribbon Week at Weston High School. It was about drugs and alcohol?

A: Yes. During the week, we took a stand against drug abuse by participating in activities that we planned out.

We had fun contests and wrote notes to our loved ones who have struggled with drugs. I have seen people in my family and among my friends who turned their lives around. It can be done. I would like to see everybody do better, for themselves and the people around them.

Q: Do you have a favorite teacher this year?

A: I would say it is Cindy Christoferson, our biology teacher. She has helped me stay on track to graduate on time. I am going to redesign her daughter’s bedroom this year. It’s going to be a fun senior project.

Q: You seem very busy, is that true?

A: Yes. It is really worth it to be involved in your school and your community. If you talk with people and work with them, you really can help make things better. I don’t want to just sit around. I want to be motivated.

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

A: Hang out with my family and my friends. Good relationships are the most important part of life.

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com

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