Musical talent: Plays trumpet in marching and jazz bands. Used to play in the orchestra pit for high school musicals until a ruptured eardrum this year. It’s since healed. Has played trumpet for eight years. Likes playing duets with his dad, who picked the trumpet up again when he started playing.
Shooting birdies: Joined the school’s new golf team, which had its first match last week. “It’s something I’ve done all my life. My grandpa brought me up doing that. … We never really kept score.” Brings up fond memories since his grandfather passed away.
Shooting trap: Also competes with the FFA trap-shooting team. “My dad has been in the shooting sports all his life and he really just wanted a partner. I like it because the only real competition you have is yourself. Same with golf. … You only have yourself to blame.”
Shooting paint: Loves to play paintball with his friends any chance they get, which -because of costs – usually is only about once a month. They are “Team Bankrupt.” “Minimum wage doesn’t pay much.”
Family is important: “I’m pretty lucky. I’ve got a great set of parents.” Likes spending time with his dad and admires his mom’s involvement in community groups. Even gets along with his younger sister, Paige, a sophomore. “She’s a great sister. I got lucky with my whole family.”
As for the cat: Pet cat Shelby “is kind of a spoiled little brat, but I love her.”
“Wild Hogs”: Sister works at the movie theater in Monroe and they recently saw “Wild Hogs,” a comedy that includes, among others, William H. Macy. Describes it as “pretty funny.”
Wild hogs: Looking forward to another motorcycle trip with his dad this summer. They plan to take their Kawasakis on a tour down the Pacific Coast Highway in California. “It’s something else where we can spend time together.”
Course load: Not letting up senior year with wind ensemble, chemistry, calculus, contemporary world issues, British literature – oh, and foods, for a vocational credit. (“I kind of forgot about it.”) “It’s kind of nice to end the school day with eating.”
Good teacher: Calculus teacher Bill Woolley comes in at 5:30 a.m. each day to help students and puts extra time into class assignments rather than relying on the textbook. “He puts in so much effort. I don’t know how he does it.”
College plans: Accepted to the University of Washington and Western Washington University. Paying them visits to see which one he’ll attend. Thinking about aeronautical engineering to blend his math and science interests.
Life outlook: “I think everything happens for a reason and it will work out.”
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