Family first: Cared for her grandma, Elizabeth Smith, as she dealt with esophageal cancer. This year, when cancer spread, Kollmeyer moved in. Helped with medicine, food and cleaning. Smith died March 24.
Wanted to help: “She’s always been a big part of my life. I thought I owed it to her and I wanted to share that experience with her.”
Top honors: Two-time winner of student of the quarter award, inducted into the National Technical Honors Society, and student of the year in English class at AIM alternative school in Snohomish.
School spirit: Has attended AIM for three years and loves it. “I started high school on the freshman campus and it just didn’t work out for me. Here there’s more one-on-one with your teachers. I’m a more self-motivated person, so it works out perfectly for me.”
Close family: The only child of Jim and Sue Kollmeyer. Has 15 cousins on her mom’s side that meet every summer at her grandma’s house on Blue Boy West golf course in Monroe, which her grandma owned. “All my cousins are like my brothers and sisters. We have a real tight-knit family.”
Golf family: Grew up with golfers, but doesn’t golf. Prefers to drive the cart.
Furry friends: Has two dogs, black lab Brock and a Lhasa Apso named Oswald.
Making money: Works part-time doing office work at her dad’s home inspection company.
Role models: Admires parents, Smith, and paternal grandmother, Doris Wentworth, a teacher for 30 years who taught Kollmeyer to read and write.
Always in style: Mom owns a hair salon adjacent to the house. “I love it. It’s always nice to get my hair done whenever I want.”
Biggest accomplishment: Got drivers license last Thursday. Passed test on first try. Had been taking driver’s education a few years ago, but stopped after grandma got sick. First licensed ride was in mom’s Kia. Drove friends to Kohl’s in Snohomish.
Dream meeting: Of anyone, living or dead, would like to meet maternal grandfather. “I was 5 when he passed away, so I remember him, but not as well as my older cousins.”
On track: One of the few AIM students to meet every deadline. Great at getting work done on time.
Full schedule: Taking government and current issues, yearbook, Associated Student Body, art and focus for seniors.
Business plans: Is scheduled to graduate in June, then enroll in Everett Community College. Wants to earn associate degree in business administration and then decide what’s next.
Appreciates teachers: “Pretty much all the teachers, at one point or another during the three years I’ve gone here, have been a positive influence and helped me in one way or another with accomplishing something. I’ve shared my outside life with numerous teachers.”
In the kitchen: Favorite food is teriyaki chicken. Learned how to cook from parents and enjoys cooking chicken and steak for family.
Dream vacation: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Wanted to go this summer, but plans fell through.