MARYSVILLE — Caleb Sanders is a senior at Grace Academy in Marysville. He is captain of the track and basketball teams, and serves on the leadership council. He lives in Everett with his parents, Erik and Rebecca. His sister, Abby, is a college senior.
He is a member of the youth group at Bible Baptist Church on Casino Road in Everett, where his dad is lead pastor.
Caleb, 18, plans to attend Bob Jones University in South Carolina and major in business.
Question: Why business?
Answer: I’ve always had an interest in starting my own business. I’m going to minor in entrepreneurship.
Q: What type of business?
A: I’m not sure yet. I’m open to whatever I see a need and go with an idea to meet that need. I’ll make it grow and work as hard as I can.
I enjoy being my own boss. I paint in the summer and do yard work. I do my own work for myself type-thing. Last summer I worked for our church and did the mowing and cleaning. I fixed up a house in Chicago with my dad. We spent 10 days and remodeled the whole thing, kitchen, bathrooms. I enjoy working with my hands.
Q: Do you watch HGTV?
A: “Fixer Upper.” Chip and Joanna. It’s probably not my favorite channel but it’s the one my mom and dad are likely watching so I sit down and watch it with them.
Q: Maybe someday you’ll have your own HGTV show?
A: That would be awesome.
Q: Who has influenced you the most at Grace?
A: Ms. (Elizabeth) Callaghan, my history teacher. She always pushes us to be a better person and honor God with our actions. She challenges me to do better in my academics.
Q: Least favorite class?
A: Math. I like business math. Calculus, I’m not a big fan.
Q: How has Grace impacted you?
A: There are less students, so the teachers can be more invested in each student.
Q: How many in your senior class?
A: There are 14 students. We’re pretty close. You know everybody in your high school.
Q: What do you for fun?
A: My dad and I backpack together. We did the Wonderland Trail, which is a 93-mile trail around Mount Rainier. It took seven days. The last day we did 20 miles and we didn’t pack enough food so we were trying to get out and go get a burger afterwards.
We do day hikes or overnights. We go on road bike trips. We’ll do 50-mile rides in the summer. My dad is going to be doing an Ironman (Triathlon) this fall. He has done a lot of half-Ironmans.
Q: What are three things in your fridge?
A: Lots of chicken. Spinach. Eggs. My mom likes to make healthy food.
Q: Do you cook?
A: I try. I like baking apple pies, from scratch. I make them for friends I have over.
Q: What do you like to do in Everett?
I go there once or twice a week. I collect and buy and sell. It’s a mini-business where I find the rare ones and sell them on eBay or something. I can make an income during school when I am busy with sports. I’m on a Facebook group that’s all people who collect and sell and talk about the different types of Funko Pops!
I make enough to pay for gas and save up to buy some things. It’s a good little side job.
Q: What Funko character would you be?
A: They made a Colonel Sanders one, and my last name is Sanders. I bought that one to collect. He has a bucket of chicken in his hands.
Q: And you have all that chicken in your refrigerator.
A: No fried chicken. Only grilled.