Jack Kuna, 17, is a student equipment manager for the Snohomish High School football team. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jack Kuna, 17, is a student equipment manager for the Snohomish High School football team. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This Snohomish High senior gets in the game from the sidelines

Jack Kuna, 17, brings the footballs to the field. “I’m always there to help them out.”

SNOHOMISH — Jack Kuna, 17, is a Snohomish High School senior. This is his second year as student equipment manager for the football and basketball teams. He sports a smile and a Panther T-shirt much of the time.

Q: What’s it like on the sidelines?

A: I get to be here with my peers, helping out, hanging out.

Having a close-up view to the field is super exciting. You can see everything. You can see if someone has fumbled a ball or has intercepted.

My main job is getting the footballs out every day, putting them out on the field where they need to go. I do any job the coaches need help with. Fixing something, whatever. I’m always there to help them out.

Q: Does this up your popularity?

A: I don’t get a whole lot of girls coming up to me after games.

Q: Do you get fed well?

A: We get team meals before the game. That’s always fun.

Q: What’s been the highlight?

A: When we made it to the playoffs (last year). I was excited for my team. Bellevue is a tough team to play against. We lost. But we did the best we could do.

Q: What’s your forecast for this year?

A: Maybe we can advance another round to the next game.

Q: What’s the most exciting part of the game?

A: When we score. When we win. It creates a positive feeling.

Q: How long does that feeling last?

A: The rest of the evening. Sometimes into the next day.

Q: What’s your sport?

A: I’m on the swim team. I do freestyle and backstroke.

Q: What classes are you taking?

A: Astronomy, forensics, Algebra 2 and English. I get a whole period to work on my homework which is kind of nice.

I really liked making bottle rockets and all that stuff. In forensics you set up your own crime scene. I did it with a group of people. We did a scene where everybody is living at a house. It had to do with getting pizza. It was a weird crime scene.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I like watching hockey. When it’s not going on I like watching the AquaSox and Mariners. I’m a big sports guy.

Q: Anything besides sports?

A: I have two horses, Layla and Rainy. A Dutch warmblood and quarterhorse. I feed them and ride them.

Q: How do you have time to do all this?

A: My mom and dad help me out when I’m not there.

Q: What’s your career goal?

A: I want to be a paleontologist. That would be really cool. I like megalodons, I am fascinated by those things. I hope to be one of those paleontologists who make discoveries.

Andrea Brown: abrown@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3443. Twitter @reporterbrown.

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