Super Kid: Senior’s on a fast track to business career

Question: You’re a commuter, splitting time between Everett Community College and your high school. How does that work?

Answer: I’m at the college in the mornings, then I go back to Marysville Arts and Tech Monday through Thursday afternoons. I really like my high school. It’s small, about 400 students. I started in the Running Start program at the college my junior year.

Q: Unlike a lot of young people, you’re set on the types of careers you want to pursue. How did you narrow your choices to accounting, finance and technology fields?

A: Looking for a career, you have to ask yourself three things: What can you do? What do you want to do? And what it pays.

Q: You have studied science and technology in and out of school. What were some of those experiences?

A: In 2008, I went to a summer science camp at Everett Community College. We learned about everything from bottle rockets to electric motors. It was really stimulating to a young kid. Later I went to a Geek Squad Summer Academy. We had to take apart a computer and put it back together. At Marysville Arts and Tech, I took a computer applications class. I took the test and am Microsoft Office certified. I’ve learned Excel and some programming.

Q: Do you plan to go to a four-year university next year?

A: That’s my dilemma, whether to finish my AA here and enter four-year school as a transfer student or go straight to a four-year school. There are advantages to both. If I get an AA here in business, I might be able to get an accounting job to pay for college.

Q: Since 10th grade you’ve been part of the National Honor Society, which requires academic achievement and community service. Tell me about tutoring with that group.

A: We’re trying to set up a tutoring class at 10th Street Middle School. Last year, we were tutoring mostly sixth-graders in math. As young tutors, we know what the kids are going through. It’s really about that one-on-one.

Q: You’re also in Drama Club at Marysville Arts and Tech. Are you an actor?

A: No, I’m in technical theater. I work behind the scenes, painting sets and doing technical stuff. This month, we created a haunted house. I have made close-knit friendships through drama.

Q: What are some favorite free-time activities?

A: I enjoy playing the harmonica. I’m mostly self-taught, but my grandpa played and taught me. On TV, I like “The Big Bang Theory.” I read ebooks, fantasy, horror and sci-fi. I like the interactive “Choose Your Own Adventure” series.

Q: You live in Everett now, but have moved several times in recent years. Has that been hard?

A: I went to Marysville Middle School and was living with my dad. Then I moved to my mom’s in Everett. I also lived with my grandma, but I’m back at my mom’s. I was always able to stay in my schools. My mom lives a short walk from the college. I take a bus or get a ride to high school.

Q: Tell me about your senior project.

A: I plan to get donations of pet food for low-income older people. It’s terrible for elderly people to have to choose between buying food for themselves or for their pets.

Q: It’s not unusual to have a junior prom picture, but there is something unique about yours.

A: I sewed my date’s prom dress. I was living with my grandma for a year, and she’s a real seamstress. I believe in learning things that are useful.

Q: What else would you like to share about yourself?

A: One of my personal beliefs is to always have a goal. I’m usually doing something. I like to stay upbeat and happy.

Julie Muhlstein: 425-339-3460, jmuhlstein@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Shock from WSU suicide ripples through Snohomish County

Roughly 1 in 10 seniors, sophomores and 8th-graders said they had attempted to take their own lives.

New leaders coming to county, state political parties

Hillary Moralez of Bothell takes over as chair for the Snohomish County Democratic Party.

Mom and brother turn in suspect in Stanwood robberies

The man is suspected of robbing the same gas station twice, and apologizing to the clerk afterward.

$1,000 reward for info on who killed an eagle near Snohomish

After being shot, the raptor was treated at the Sarvey Wildlife Center but died overnight.

Possible bobcat sighting keeps Snohomish students inside

The creature was spotted on the campus of Valley View Middle School around noon.

Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, is a suspect in the homicide of his roommate. (Edmonds Police Department)
Roommate suspected in Edmonds killing found hiding in closet

Police had been searching for him for 10 days before locating him at a house in Everett.

Stabbing in Everett follows dispute between brothers-in-law

The victim, 54, was hospitalized. The suspect, 29, had not been apprehended Thursday.

Camano Island man gets 18 years for role in drug ring

He was convicted of helping lead a drug distribution network in four Washington counties.

Lake Stevens man missing since beginning of January

Jason Michael Knox White hasn’t used his credit card or withdrawn money from his bank since then.

Most Read