Mountlake Terrace High senior Sophie Burbank loves playing hockey and wants to pursue studies in educational policy.(Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mountlake Terrace High senior Sophie Burbank loves playing hockey and wants to pursue studies in educational policy.(Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A Terrace hockey player ready to take on the school system

“There’s a disconnect between teachers and the people who make policy,” says Sophie Burbank.

MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Sophie Burbank, 18, is a senior at Mountlake Terrace High School. The daughter of a teacher, she wants to work in educational policy. She’s also a local and statewide leader with the Technology Student Association. She’s taken eight college-level Advanced Placement classes, been to five continents and she collects coins.

Question: You play ice hockey?

Answer: I’ve been playing 10 years this year but I’ve been with the Western Washington Female Hockey Association for a number of those and now I’ve moved up to their oldest team. I just love the game a lot.

Q: Describe your high school experience and transferring to a new district.

A: I felt a little bit lonely and isolated (in middle school). When I came here, the first group to reach out to me was the TSA (Technology Student Association) and my dad’s the adviser … A (Link Crew member who helps freshman) said, “You should really join. It’s really cool.” The people were so friendly, so dedicated. They have been some of my closest friends.

Q: You grew up in Brier?

A: It’s a small little area. The (school) districts are so split … The lots are pretty big. We had kind of a forest in our back yard.

Q: What was your favorite class?

A: Humanities (which combines AP European History and Honors English into a single two-hour block.) We were role-playing as legislators in the English Parliament. Those really unique activities are things you can’t do in a standard class period.

Q: What is your career path?

A: I’ve applied to colleges and what I’ve mostly applied for is public policy, social policy. (Through TSA) one of the things we do is legislative advocacy. We went down to Olympia and had one-on-one meetings with legislators to talk about why career and technical education is important.

Q: How many colleges did you apply for?

A: Five in the U.K. … It’s around 10 total.

Q: What do you do on the long drives to Canada for hockey?

A: I’ve gotten really good at staring out the window. I really like talking to my dad. Sometimes I play on my (Nintendo) 3DS. I really like Japanese role-playing games.

Q: Do you have a favorite book?

A: Probably “The Shining” by Stephen King. The movie and the book are great in different ways. There’s no jump scares. You can just feel the impending doom.

Q: What do you hope to do with your education?

A: There is so much really deep statistical stuff. I hope to get a really good understanding of the issues that go on in educational policy.

Q: What issues do you think are the most important?

A: There’s a disconnect between teachers and the people who make policy. There’s so much that looks good on paper but doesn’t translate well.

Q: What are you looking forward to in the last few months of high school?

A: I’ve really pushed myself. I think the wind-down is what I’m most looking forward to.

Q: What is exciting about moving away for school?

A: I just have such wanderlust. I even struggled to apply to schools on the West Coast.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449;; Twitter: @rikkiking.

Talk to us

More in Local News

A resident reported finding a dead Asian giant hornet near Marysville on June 4. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Dead ‘murder hornet’ found in Marysville, a first for county

It could be from a previous season, scientists say, because males don’t typically emerge this early.

Jeff Thoreson does a cheer with his second grade class before the start of their kickball game on his last in-person day of school on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snohomish teacher hit the right notes in memorable career

Jeff Thoreson will retire this month after molding minds at Riverview Elementary School for 41 years.

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Staff Sgt. Travis Snyder, left, receives the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine given at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, south of Seattle. Nurse Jose Picart, right, administered the shot. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, June 17, 2021, announced a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive lottery for the state's military, family members and veterans because the federal government wasn't sharing individual vaccine status of those groups with the state and there were concerns they would be left out of a previously announced lottery. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
New vaccine lottery announced for military in Washington

Gov. Inslee said there were concerns they would be left out of a previously announced lottery.

Police: After short chase in Marysville, man dies by suicide

Officers responded to a domestic violence call. The suspect reportedly shot himself at the end of a chase.

The Everett Police Department has asked the City Council to keep its nine Stay Out of Drug Areas, zones where people arrested for drug crimes are not allowed. (City of Everett)
Everett police ask council to renew 9 drug enforcement areas

SODAs are a legal tool that prohibits people arrested for drug crimes from entering certain areas.

Sequoia High graduates move their tassels from one side to the other at the end of the graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Everett, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Gallery: Sequoia High Graduation

Sequoia High School graduates receive their diplomas

Woman killed in hit-and-run south of Everett is identified

Detectives have been searching for the vehicle that struck Katherine Mueller, 31, of Snohomish.

Pallet communities are groups of tiny homes for unhoused people. Here, a worker installs weatherstripping on a pallet shelter at Pallet in Everett in January 2020. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
Tiny home community is proposed at a Marysville church

The Pallet shelter community would provide transitional housing to eight people. Neighbors have questions.

In Edmonds, ‘small cell’ deployment permit becomes a big deal

The City Council has allowed new cellular equipment under an ordinance that regulates conditions.

Most Read