Super kid / Michael Salzer, 17: Mariner senior leads active life, looks forward to medical school

  • By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2008 1:48pm
  • Life

Science guy: His favorite subjects are the sciences, particularly chemistry and biology.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?: He’s taken Spanish in the past, but is now enrolled in first-year German as part of his dream of studying abroad when he is in college.

Looking ahead: He wants to attend Pacific Lutheran University and pursue pre-med studies. His goal is to attend medical school at the University of Washington and become a family practitioner.

Liking hiking: He loves to camp and hike, an activity he learned to enjoy with his family and through Boy Scouts. He went on a three-day hike last summer in the Stevens Pass area, encountering a bear and other wildlife. He likes hiking at higher elevations, especially around Leavenworth. “You can see a lot more. It’s a lot more clear.”

Good training: All the hiking kindled a dream of working at REI. He was hired there shortly after he turned 16 and works in sales in the camping department.

Too tempting: He saves some of his money for college and a car, but ends up selling himself on some of the gear he is selling customers. “It’s hard to work there and not buy anything. I usually invest back in REI.”

Fast riser: He was an Eagle Scout by age 15.

Favorite book: “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card.

Water world: He’s a captain on the Mariner swim team, and plans to compete in the 50-meter free style and 100-meter fly this season along with two relays.

Fringe benefits: Swimming is more than good exercise; it’s about making good friends and guiltless eating. “I don’t really have to watch what I eat, especially toward the end of the season I’m just eating all the time whatever I can get my hands on.”

Free time: With school, swimming and work, there’s not much time to goof around. He does like to play late-night football in the dark with friends, using a glow-in-the-dark football and bracelets. He also recently took up golf. “I’ve only played it five times, but it is the coolest thing I have ever done.”

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