Cascade High School graduate Zack Demars will be attending University of Oregon this fall where he plans on studying political science and journalism. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Cascade High School graduate Zack Demars will be attending University of Oregon this fall where he plans on studying political science and journalism. (Ian Terry / The Herald)

Everett teen wants to help people be politically informed

EVERETT — Zack Demars, 18, grew up in Everett and graduated from Cascade High School in June. He plans to attend the University of Oregon in the fall.

Q: I hear you’ve been involved with Boy Scouts. Tell me about that.

A: I started out as a second grader. As I got older, I started to learn things and new skills. I’ve learned leadership skills, being able to work with other people even if they’re difficult to work with. One of my favorite things I’ve done, last summer I went to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. We built trails.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

A: Go outside. I get a lot of being inside because of school and homework. My family, we go to Rainier National Park for a couple of days every summer. I’ve been there every year since I was born.

Q: What was it like to volunteer for Cassie Franklin’s mayoral campaign in Everett?

A: I’ve done a couple of door-belling sessions where we go out around neighborhoods and knock on doors and introduce people to Cassie Franklin. It’s exciting because we get to meet people face-to-face, but it’s also nerve-wracking because people don’t want to talk to people at the door.

Q: What was your favorite part of working on a mayoral campaign?

A: I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people … It’s reassuring to see that people still care about their hometown.

Q: What do you hope to study at the University of Oregon?

A: I’m hoping to do journalism and political science. As the election has come and gone, I’ve gotten interested in political science. It’s something I’ve watched. Journalism also is interesting. I’m hoping to change the way we share political information and the way people are informed about their political decisions.

Q: What are you most excited about for college?

A: I’m really excited to meet new people and to step out of my comfort zone even more. At U of O, I see infinite opportunities.

Q: Do you have a dream job?

A: I think it would be really cool to be White House chief of staff. I also thought about law school. I think law is a really exciting way to help people. Supreme Court justice would be pretty exciting. I don’t have one dream job.

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