Timeout with … Jakob Sprague, Granite Falls track and field

David Krueger pulls Jakob Sprague out of class to talk about his potential salutatorian speech, his first year of track and field and a very successful food drive.

Q: So, how’s life going?

A: Pretty good.

Q: Did they pull you out of class for this?

A: Yeah.

Q: That’s awesome. What class?

A: Leadership.

Q: What’s your favorite class here at Granite Falls?

A: My favorite class that I’m taking now is probably the student store. It’s pretty exciting. We get to do stuff like – during lunch – make coffee for students and drinks and stuff like that. My favorite class I’ve ever taken was probably bio-technology and marine biology. That was a really fun class.

Q: That sounds like a really hard class too.

A: Oh yeah. Mariner biology not so much, but bio-technology was pretty difficult.

Q: We heard you’re the salutatorian for your class, do you get to give a speech?

A: I think so. For my graduating class there’s three valedictorians so I don’t know if they’ll have me give a speech because of time constraints, but normally during graduation the salutatorian gives a speech.

Q: Do you want to give a speech?

A: I’m nervous but it’s kind of like a once in a lifetime opportunity to give a speech at your only high school graduation. I’d be pretty excited about it.

Q: Could you give us a sneak peak of what you might say in your speech?

A: Well, probably since I’ve been going to Granite for 13 years and it’s pretty much been the same people, I would probably talk about how my graduating class is very diverse. Like a lot of classes all of the kids get along and they’re all the same type of person, but in my class there’s a little bit of every type of person in here and I think that’s really awesome.

Q: What are your plans for after high school?

A: After I graduate I am going to go to Central Washington University, which I just confirmed my acceptance for, and I am going to study either cultural studies, history or science and then hopefully get my teaching certificate to become a high school teacher.

Q: Do you want to come back here to teach?

A: I’ve thought about it but I don’t know.

Q: How is your track and field season going?

A: Pretty good, I would say, for my first time ever doing track. We just had an invite at Leavenworth and it’s the top two in each of the events and I was the second person so I got to go to that. And I think for that same event I qualified for the conference meet next week.

Q: What’s your favorite event to compete in?

A: Triple jump. I think it’s fun. It’s not incredibly physically exhausting, but it’s still fun to do.

Q: What made you want to give track and field a shot – for the first time – during your senior year?

A: Well, my freshman year I did soccer, which was a lot of fun. And then I wasn’t able to do it my sophomore year because my classes were too difficult for me to take anything else on at the end of the year. Then my junior year I kind of got used to not doing a sport. But this year, it’s my last year, and I kept thinking, ‘well, it’d be a fun thing to do.’ I don’t know. It just seemed like fun.

Q: There was an article in The Herald last December about a very successful food drive you were a big part of, what exactly happened there?

A: I was the marketing coordinator, so I worked with another student … and our major job was to promote the food drive and get people excited about it. A big part of that was to plan our food drive kickoff assembly. And so for that my main job was to create our food drive video, which was put on YouTube and has gotten a lot of hits. We got mentioned in things like the “Granite Falls Press” and King 5 actually came and did a story on it too.

Q: Why was the food drive so important to you? Was there a reason you got so involved in it?

A: Oh yeah. Last year I also applied to be a food drive coordinator but due to the fact that there were so many seniors who also applied, I wasn’t able to do it. But I still helped out a lot last year, and I got invited to do some of the stuff that the coordinators get to do. I thought it was really fun and it felt really good to go and help so many people.

Q: Do you have any fun summer plans for after high school and before college?

A: Yes, actually. This summer, one of the teachers has organized a trip to Greece and I am going to be going to Greece for – I believe – nine days.

Q: Wow. That should be fun.

A: Yeah.

Q: Where do you hope to be in 25 years?

A: My dream would be to be able to move to Australia. That is my absolute dream since my freshman year – to move to Australia and just live there. I don’t know. It’s my favorite country.

Q: And have a lot nicer weather?

A: Yeah, a lot nicer weather. But, if not, I would be pretty happy staying in Washington and being a teacher at a small school. I find high school fun.

Q: What advice would you give to someone just starting out at high school to be successful and have a lot of fun?

A: Get involved. My freshman year I went to some football games and maybe one basketball game. Then sophomore year I started going to more and by my junior and senior year I had gone to almost every game. Especially this year, I only missed one football game. I went to every basketball game, every volleyball game that I could go to, and the only wrestling match. And all of them were so much fun. And participating in all the events and stuff that the school does and all of the clubs, it really makes high school a lot more fun.

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