Super kid: Matt Brashler, 17, Sequoia High School senior

Teaching assistant: Spends his free period helping counselor Amy Montanye as a teaching assistant at Sequoia, an alternative school. Files papers, does computer work and helps her with ideas.

Nice guy: Friendly and gets along with most people. Often paired with students needing help.

Tutor: Tutored a classmate in math. “It kind of felt good because her grades got better and she understood a lot better.”

Charting progress: Helps with “senior board,” a bulletin board that tracks the progress of seniors. Shows how close each senior is to graduating.

Never moved: Has lived in the same Everett house all his life. “I love it ‘cause it’s where I’m from.”

Athletic: Plays basketball, baseball and football with friends.

Big reader: Enjoys fantasy books, the Harry Potter series and books he can relate to. Favorite author is S.E. Hinton, who wrote “The Outsiders.” “I can see traits of myself in most of the characters. A lot of them sometimes get in trouble, but they get out of it.”

Artist: Enjoys pencil drawings. “Most of the time I don’t know what it is even when I’m finished with it. I just start making lines and it turns into something.”

Classes: Taking geometry, stained glass, art and argumentative paper. Is writing a paper arguing that musician Kurt Cobain didn’t kill himself, as is commonly believed, but was murdered. Is scheduled to graduate on time.

After school: Plans to take a year off to work and apply for scholarships. Wants to go to college and study business.

Dream job: “Sit somewhere next to a fire sipping something, talking business and someone comes in with a contract where I just sign it and make $3 million.”

Family: Has five sisters and a brother in a blended family. Also has two basset hounds, a cat and eight goldfish.

Driven: “I don’t really look up to anyone. I’m self-motivated. I know what I want in life and I’ll do whatever it takes to accomplish my goals.”

Music Listens to a wide range of music, including hip-hop, alternative rock and grunge. Listens for lyrics. Likes artists such as Tupac Shakur who “say something and speak from their hearts.”

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