Memorable year: A catcher for the state championship baseball team, was at the bottom of the dog pile on the turf at Safeco Field. When a 230-pound teammate jumped in the fray it kinda hurt. But wouldn’t trade the “surreal moment.”
Home stretch: Over graduation weekend, stayed up 381/2 hours straight with commencement, parent-sponsored party, then a double-header with his summer league baseball team.
Putting down the bat: As he parts ways with the boys he played with since Little League, is choosing books over baseball. Heading to the University of Washington to study geography.
Where in the world? Traces the major interest back to fourth grade, when he planned the family’s road trip to Colorado, itinerary and all.
Geo whiz: Geography isn’t just states and capitals. “It has more to do with demographics and how people and their environment coincide.” Career options include urban planning. He’ll be looking for variety.
Other options: Also accepted to the University of Colorado at Boulder and Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, for its baseball team. “In the end, I’ve been a Husky fan all my life, so figured I’d stay local.”
Going Greek: Joined the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Is savoring the advice as he signs up for classes. Knows others who are joining.
Mr. Variety: Liked to dabble in school. Went to DECA state competition, a business club, as a sophomore and involved with the Technology Student Association this past year.
Hidden talent: Has a chipmunk’s flair for stuffing big green grapes in his mouth. Record is 33 at once without grapes, or mouth, bursting. “I guess I was just bored one time at lunch and kept going.”
Looks up to: Parents and grandparents are role models.
Last day of class: Had Spanish and chemistry finals. “It was a surreal moment to be done with high school. My mom cried. I didn’t notice. I was studying chemistry.”
Advice to freshmen: “High school is about getting good grades so you can go on to the next step … a tuneup for college, where you narrow down what you do with the rest of your life. So try different things.”
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