Super Kid

Stanwood High School senior, Jack Softcheck is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Yale-bound Camano teen excels at sciences, music at Stanwood

Jack Softcheck is considering a career as a medical doctor, but his love of music is a strong lure.

Stanwood High School senior, Jack Softcheck is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Busy Jackson High student hears entrepreneurship calling

The competitive dancer keeps an active schedule of school, dance and work to feel highly productive.

Heritage High School senior Kimberly Smoley, is now a cheerleader, plays volleyball, and is on ASB. She’s studying cosmetology through Running Start. Shot on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 in Tulalip Reservation, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Thinking positively: ‘I want to be the best of the best’

Heritage High senior Kimberly Smoley plans a career in dermatology.

Heritage High School senior Kimberly Smoley, is now a cheerleader, plays volleyball, and is on ASB. She’s studying cosmetology through Running Start. Shot on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 in Tulalip Reservation, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Abigail Dahl, a homeschool student from Everett, is a talented artist with plans to pursue a career in animation. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)

Homeschooled Everett teen tries to capture feelings in art

Her work is on display at the Schack Art Center and she hopes to become an animator.

Abigail Dahl, a homeschool student from Everett, is a talented artist with plans to pursue a career in animation. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)

Granite Falls student’s advice: ‘get involved’

She went from playing video games to building her own computers and creating a food drive database.

Super Kid Erik Linder is a world champion ballroom dancer who regularly flies all over U.S. and world for competition, so he benefits from the alternative schedule that AIM High School provides. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Flexible schedule fits Lake Stevens teen’s ballroom dance life

AIM High School in Snohomish, an alternative program, lets Erik Linder compete across the world.

Super Kid Erik Linder is a world champion ballroom dancer who regularly flies all over U.S. and world for competition, so he benefits from the alternative schedule that AIM High School provides. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Her school’s tragedy set her on a course to become a nurse

Marysville Pilchuck senior Cheyenne Coe decided she wants to be an emergency room nurse.

At one point she dropped out; now she’s graduation-bound

Anita Bradford-Diaz has had her share of setbacks, but they only seem to increase her motivation.

This Marysville student is an actor, debater, gamer, leader

Marysville Arts & Technology’s Brady Uker likely to pursue “anything social.”

Hard work in math is adding up for Sky Valley senior

Frances Scott-Weis is a Running Start student at EvCC who loves solving problems and traveling.

Super Kid is Catrien deBoer, a student leader and senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School who also is involved in the academically challenging International Baccalaureate program, swim team and Link Crew. At school on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 in Edmonds, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

No borders for this Edmonds-Woodway senior

Catrien de Boer is deep into the International Baccalaureate diploma program.

Super Kid is Catrien deBoer, a student leader and senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School who also is involved in the academically challenging International Baccalaureate program, swim team and Link Crew. At school on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 in Edmonds, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Sequoia High senior overcomes challenges, turmoil

Caireanna Mills credits the Everett high school for helping her chart her own path.

Meadowdale High School senior Samantha “Sam” Phara is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Meadowdale senior has designs on a career in architecture

Samantha “Sam” Phara intends to build on her interest in drawing and art.

Meadowdale High School senior Samantha “Sam” Phara is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Jamie Copeland is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. She is a basketball player, ASB president, cheerleader and, of course, a Lion. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Cedar Park Christian senior stepping up to new challenges

Jamie Copeland’s academics include STEM studies, leadership, ASB activities, honor society.

Jamie Copeland is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. She is a basketball player, ASB president, cheerleader and, of course, a Lion. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Marysville Getchell High School junior David Samaniego is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

He’s into Latin, so naturally he’s also into sword-fighting

It’s a Roman thing, explains David Samaniego, a junior at Marysville Getchell High School.

Marysville Getchell High School junior David Samaniego is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Everett High senior spreads his interests around

From drama and books to Scouting and chemistry, Nate Ness gets into a lot of everything.

Hard work is paying off for Mariner High senior

Mey Ly has excelled in school since moving here from Cambodia; she also serves as an intrepreter.

Lynnwood High’s Venecia Lucio in tune with helping out

Senior is involved in ASB and Colores Unidos, a group that celebrates Spanish-speaking cultures.

Sultan High School senior Tyler Aamold is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Making Sultan High, Sky Valley better places

Senior Tyler Aamold plays a leadership role at school and in service to his community.

Sultan High School senior Tyler Aamold is this week’s Herald Super Kid. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Glacier Peak senior prepares to leave the high school stage

Shelby Northen is also a musician and a Seattle Aquarium volunteer.