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Published: Monday, July 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Super Kid: Sergio Barrera, Everett High School graduate

  • Sergio Barrera spent years staring down opposing players as goalie and captain of the Everett High School soccer team. Having graduated, Barrera is wo...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Sergio Barrera spent years staring down opposing players as goalie and captain of the Everett High School soccer team. Having graduated, Barrera is working this summer before attending Everett Community College in the fall.

  • Sergio Barrera spent years staring down opposing players as goalie and captain of the Everett High School soccer team. Barrera is working this summer ...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Sergio Barrera spent years staring down opposing players as goalie and captain of the Everett High School soccer team. Barrera is working this summer before attending Everett Community College in the fall.

  • Sergio Barrera spent years staring down opposing players as goalie and captain of the Everett High School soccer team. Having graduated, Barrera is wo...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Sergio Barrera spent years staring down opposing players as goalie and captain of the Everett High School soccer team. Having graduated, Barrera is working this summer before attending Everett Community College in the fall.

On May 29, Everett High School senior Sergio Barrera was presented the Humanity Not Hatred Foundation Award. The $1,000 scholarship was named in honor of Brisenia Flores, a 9-year-old murdered along with her father in an Arizona desert town in 2009.
Shawna Forde, a self-proclaimed border militia leader from Everett, was one of two people convicted in the killings. The award, which the statewide Latino Civic Alliance helped sponsor, is given to a high school senior who demonstrates advocacy efforts in his or her community.
Q: So you're a recent Everett High graduate. What's next?
A: I'll be going to Everett Community College for two years, then transfer to WSU. I want to get an AA, and then major in sports management at WSU.
Q: You played a big part in Everett High's Latin Image Club. Tell me about that.
A: I was in Latin Image Club for four years, and for three years I was an executive council member. That created a lot of opportunities. I was able to go to a summer camp, the La Cima Bilingual Leadership Camp. And we worked on the Thanksgiving food drive and a blood drive.
Q: Do you speak Spanish at home?
A: Yes. We came here when I was in kindergarten. My family is from Chihuahua, Mexico. I haven't seen some of my family in 13 years. I was in ESL classes in elementary school, at Olivia Park and Jefferson. When I first started school, a teacher would say, 'Write a sentence' and I didn't know what that meant. I tested out of ESL classes in eighth grade.
Q: Did you play sports in high school?
A: I played four years of soccer, and was in cross country one year. I was captain of the varsity soccer team this year.
Q: What classes were you taking your last quarter at Everett High?
A: I was in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college readiness program), leadership, psychology, art and English 4. AVID was a big help. Ms. (Kristin) Gebert helped with applying for scholarships and colleges. Without that class, I wouldn't have received scholarships.
Q: The Everett Rotary Club awarded you a $500 AVID college start-up scholarship. How will you use that?
A: It was really nice. We got to go shopping for college. I bought a laptop and a printer.
Q: And you're already in contact with WSU?
A: If I have a good GPA at Everett Community College, I'm guaranteed to get in. I entered an essay (for a WSU scholarship) that tells a story of my life. Four of us are going to WSU this summer. The stories are being written into a play. I learned about it from Ms. Ortiz (Lillian Ortiz-Self) in Latin Image Club.
Q: What else are you doing this summer?
A: I'm working for Middleton Painting. I prep rooms in new buildings eight hours a day. They take us in a van all over the area.
Q: What do you do with your free time?
A: There's not much spare time. Usually sleep or hang out with friends.
Q: Do you have siblings?
A: My sister will be a junior at Everett High, and I have an older sister.
Q: From your years at Everett High, what memory will stand out?
A: Playing soccer. I was a goalie. I'm going to play soccer at EvCC. We'll see how that goes. I like the Sounders, they have the loudest stadium. But someday I'd like to play for Cruz Azul, a team in Mexico.
Julie Muhlstein: 425-339-3460, muhlstein@heraldnet.com.

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