Super kid/ Katie Carsten, 17: Everett High senior’s days filled with song

Joy of song: Katie has enjoyed singing for as long as she can remember. She started out with a toy microphone when she was 3. Today, she has a wide vocal range and is a member of Everett High School’s jazz and symphonic choirs.

Early riser: She takes jazz choir at zero hour, long before most students are on campus. That means she gets up at 4:45 a.m. and arrives at 6:25 a.m. “I sing in the car on my way here. I get to school and I’m warmed up and ready to go.”

Learning to lead: Katie is commanding officer of the high school’s Navy Junior ROTC. It can be a big responsibility, with inspections and competitions to prepare for.

New perspective: “To be honest, I joined (NJROTC) to get a PE credit my sophomore year. I stayed because I made a lot of friends and really liked the program.”

Good direction: She credits her NJROTC teacher, Cmdr. Richard Gile, for solid guidance. “He challenges me to be a better leader and helps me to keep growing.”

Looking ahead: Katie is an A student who has taken challenging courses, including two years of chemistry. Some people are surprised to learn she plans to attend beauty college instead of a four-year university next fall. “I kept trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I went to college, but this is what I want to do. I know I want to get married and have a family.”

Favorite memories: Going out to breakfast with her dad on her birthdays each year. “It was always my special day. It was just me and Dad. “

Senior project: She served as an artist apprentice, completing a painting, making digital reproductions, working at an art show and learning more about the profession.

Time away: She likes to swim and be part of a biblical research ministry in her spare time.

Furry friend: Her dog, a Bichon Frise named Pearl, is “like a poodle except cuter.” Pearl acts more like a cat than a dog.

Favorite meal: A home-cooked meal of curry chicken with rice, carrots and broccoli.

Not as she seems: “I think what surprises people about me is they think I’m always serious. This (school) is my learning environment. I’m focused on my school work and getting stuff done. When I’m at home, I can be so silly and dance around all crazy.”

Eric Stevick


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