Serving country: Comes from a military family. Dad is in the Coast Guard; mom is in the Navy reserves.
Breaking the ice: Dad breaks the ice, literally. Is now aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker ship in the Arctic.
Thanks, Mom: Admires how his mom works at her job and keeps the family going while Dad is away. That includes getting his younger brother to sports practices. “She really is kind of being supermom.”
Next year: Plans to attend Northern Arizona University on an academic scholarship. Wants to major in physical therapy. “I have always been interested in the human body. I have always had tons and tons of injuries that I’ve had to nurse back to health.”
Fast track: Runs track for Arlington High School. Made it to state twice in cross country and hopes to qualify in track this spring. Describes his 800-meter event as “a speed chess game.”
In the bag: Not working now, but has worked bagging groceries at the Navy commissary at Smokey Point.
Taking action: Has been involved in a school group organizing events to promote community unity over the past four years since a cross was burned in the yard of a local black family. Remembers his reaction when it happened: “I just looked at my friends, just speechless. I didn’t know what to say. My insides were burning. How could anybody do that to somebody? It was just such ignorance.”
Favorite movies: “Dodge Ball” and “Tommy Boy.”
Furry friend: Sampson, the family’s golden retriever. “He’s awesome.”
Classy class: Is senior class president and will miss his classmates after graduation. “I think our class has a really promising future after high school and I love them to death. Graduation is going to be bittersweet.”
Leading the way: Also was vice president of freshmen and sophomore classes.
School spirit: Always liked cheering on his school at football games, but had to spend part of the time helping out in the concession stand to raise money for his class. It was his duty, but tough missing the action. “I was just so bummed out.”
Bearing down: Solid student who’s a member of school’s National Honor Society chapter. Schedule includes physics and college-level Advanced Placement calculus. Calculus, in particular, is helping improve his study habits and prepare him for college.
Favorite author: Dan Brown, best know for writing the “Da Vinci Code.”
Dining tip: Says K’s Teriyaki in Arlington is his favorite place to grab a bite.
Secret talent: Likes to whistle.
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