The universe is the limit for Super Kid Dansil Green

GRANITE FALLS — Dansil Green, 17, is a senior with a passion for science, math and space exploration. She juggles advanced classes with music and volunteer activities.

Question: What classes are you taking here at the high school?

Answer: I’ve been taking a lot of advanced courses this year, like I usually do every year. I have AP Chemistry, then I have symphonic wind ensemble — I’m actually president of the band — and then I have AP Literature and I take an online government course-slash-northwest history course during fourth period. Fifth I have Spanish 2 and then I’m in Leadership sixth period. And the eco-car program is another class I take that’s after school but I get credit for it. We’re going to Detroit this year to compete.

Q: Do you have any favorite subjects?

A: I like STEM subjects, which are science, technology, engineering and math. That’s what I want to go into. I love math. It’s unfortunate I don’t have a math class this year because I kind of ran out of math.

Q: What was the last math class you took?

A: AP Calculus. I was hoping they’d have a stats class this year, but they weren’t able to have that. I’ve been two years ahead in math since middle school.

Q: Do you have a specific career you’re interested in?

A: Yeah. I want to be an astronautical engineer, so that’s working with spaceships or rovers or space habitats. I just sent in an application for an internship at Blue Origin, which is down in Kent.

Q: Do you know what school you want to go to yet?

A: I was accepted early admission to Purdue for their first year engineering program, and then I’m waiting to hear back from MIT and Cal Poly. MIT is my dream school. MIT and Purdue are my top two choices.

Q: What got you into astronautical engineering?

A: I’ve always had a deep interest in space exploration. I’ve been interested in STEM, as well, because when I was nine I started a robotics team with my father, and we did that for years and now I’m the mentor for our middle school team. Then I came to the high school and I did the eco-car program and I decided I want to be an engineer. So since I love space so much, I thought why not be an astronautical engineer?

Q: What volunteer activities do you do?

A: I’m a junior member of the American Legion, so I was on the committee planning the Veteran’s Day assembly and we did kind of a poppy theme. I’ve also handed out poppies with the American Legion and done service projects for the military. My church does a lot of service projects, too, that I’m involved in. I’m also in National Honor Society, which does campus clean-ups. And TECO, that’s my big one. It’s now a business, but TECO started as a nonprofit I made with my father. It was a center for STEM that we held in the old (school) district office. We ran different STEM programs out of it, like robotics classes and science classes and STEM camps. We weren’t able to get funding to have it this year, so now it’s a business that we run that does outreach activities with the Boys and Girls Club and other schools.

Q: Which church do you go to?

A: LDS, the Latter-day Saints Mormon church. It’s right across the street. I go to early seminary in the morning, so I have basically eight classes a day.

Q: The eighth is eco-car in the afternoon?

A: Yeah. With the eco-teams, I’m the manager and I’ve been the driver for the past two years. I think I’m the only senior in the program this year. Last year we built brand new cars. This year we’re modifying the bottom of our car. We’re going to make a carbon-fiber rounded bottom that’s integrated with the seat. The goal is to win our category and win the safety award for the fifth time. We’ve won the safety award four years out of five.

Q: Are there other extracurriculars you’re involved in?

A: I’m band president and I’ve been in jazz band. There’s also an afterschool orchestra and I’m a first violin in it. I play violin, piano, saxophone and flute. And in middle school I was really shy, so to help me going into high school I started doing speech competitions, but I wasn’t able to do any of those this year. Over the summer I get jobs here and there. I’m a leadership intern at Camp Invention, which is another STEM camp.

Kari Bray: 425-339-3439;

Talk to us

More in Local News

A memorial for a 15-year-old shot and killed last week is set up at a bus stop along Harrison Road on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Teen boy identified in fatal shooting at Everett bus stop

Bryan Tamayo-Franco, 15, was shot at a Hardeson Road bus stop earlier this month. Police arrested two suspects.

Mike Bredstrand, who is trying to get back his job with Lake Stevens Public Works, stands in front of the department’s building on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Bredstrand believes his firing in July was an unwarranted act of revenge by the city. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens worker was fired after getting court order against boss

The city has reportedly spent nearly $60,000 on attorney and arbitration fees related to Mike Bredstrand, who wants his job back.

Chap Grubb, founder and CEO of second-hand outdoor gear store Rerouted, stands inside his new storefront on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Gold Bar, Washington. Rerouted began as an entirely online shop that connected buyers and sellers of used gear.  (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Used outdoor gear shop Rerouted finds a niche in Gold Bar

Seeking to keep good outdoor gear out of landfills, an online reselling business has put down roots in Gold Bar.

Naval Station Everett. (Chuck Taylor / Herald file)
Everett man sentenced to 6 years for cyberstalking ex-wife

Christopher Crawford, 42, was found guilty of sending intimate photos of his ex-wife to adult websites and to colleagues in the Navy.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers speaks to the crowd during an opening ceremony at the new PAE2 Amazon Fulfillment Center on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish County executive pitches $1.66B budget

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced his proposed budget Tuesday afternoon. Public comment is slated to begin Oct. 10.

Boeing employees watch the KC-46 Pegasus delivery event  from the air stairs at Boeing on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Boeing’s iconic Everett factory tour to resume in October

After a three-year hiatus, tours of the Boeing Company’s enormous jet assembly plant are back at Paine Field.

Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman announces his retirement after 31 years of service at the Everett City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett police chief to retire at the end of October

Chief Dan Templeman announced his retirement at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. He has been chief for nine years.

Jamel Alexander, center, listens as a Snohomish County jury records their verdict of guilty, in the murder of Shawna Brune, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  Alexander was convicted in the first degree murder of Brune. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Appeals court orders new trial in Everett woman’s stomping death

Appellate judges ruled that additional evidence should have been admitted in Jamel Alexander’s trial for the murder of Shawna Brune.

Kristy Carrington, CEO of Providence Swedish of North Puget Sound, speaks during a Healthcare Summit at Everett Community College on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Providence, Optum and Premera discuss challenges at Everett summit

Five panelists spoke on labor shortages, high costs and health care barriers Wednesday at Everett Community College.

Most Read