Big turnaround: Arrived at Weston High School her junior year as a freshman in credits because of frequent absences at Arlington High School. Has had to work hard to catch up and attendance has not been an issue. Believes people who haven’t seen her in two years would be surprised by how well she is doing now.
Overcoming apathy: “At first, I was saying, ‘I don’t care about school. It is not a big deal to me. I don’t want to change.’ And all of a sudden, I wanted to be a better person. I realized I really did care.”
Career thoughts: Plans to attend Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon next year and hopes to become a nurse. “I just like the thought of working with a lot of other people and I like to help people.”
Fitting in: “You know everyone at Weston and everyone knows you. You all know what’s going on with each other’s lives. I really like the teachers here. Every time you need help, even if it’s not just school work, they are there for you. I feel so comfortable and more outgoing.”
Better off: Originally planned to go to Weston to catch up and then return to Arlington High School to graduate with friends. Decided she was better off at Weston, where she is focused on academics and not tempted to skip classes. “I am too close to everyone here now to do that. If I would go back to the high school, I am afraid I would go back down. “
Awake early: Alarm goes off at 5 a.m., but generally doesn’t get up until 6 a.m. “I hope to get up at 5, but it never works.”
Favorite movie: “My Girl.”
Big sister: Brother, Jordan, also attends Weston, where he is a sophomore. “At first I thought I wouldn’t want that, but it’s kind of nice. I can see what he’s doing and make sure he’s not hanging around with the wrong kids. I like to help him.”
Good memories: Always enjoys family vacations each summer to Ocean Shores. Likes walking the long stretches of beach and being with family.
Critters galore: Has four dogs and three cats. Has to watch out for the puppy, who is known to chew on her flip-flops and anything else it can get its paws on.
Senior project: Creating a Web site on Weston and this year’s senior class.
On the job: Works at Pizza Factory and the Arlington Times. Between the two jobs, she works three to five days a week.
Good times: Attends Assembly of God Church and particularly enjoys the youth group activities that have included rafting, snowboarding and meeting with teenagers from other churches.
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