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Published: Monday, December 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Super Kid: Kaleb Decker, Lynnwood High School senior

  • Lynnwood High School senior Kaleb Decker is a student leader, trumpet player in the school jazz band and runs cross country.

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Lynnwood High School senior Kaleb Decker is a student leader, trumpet player in the school jazz band and runs cross country.

  • Lynnwood High School senior Kaleb Decker is a student leader, trumpet player in the school jazz band and runs for the cross-country team.

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Lynnwood High School senior Kaleb Decker is a student leader, trumpet player in the school jazz band and runs for the cross-country team.

  • Lynnwood High School senior Kaleb Decker is a student leader, trumpet player in the school jazz band and runs cross country.

    Genna Martin / The Herald

    Lynnwood High School senior Kaleb Decker is a student leader, trumpet player in the school jazz band and runs cross country.

Question: What is the best part of going to Lynnwood High School?
Answer: There are a lot of best parts. For me personally, it would be the music program because I'm so involved in it. I also really enjoy the diversity here, to be able to see so many different cultures and so many different kinds of people. It's really great to see.
Q: What classes are you taking?
A: I get up at 5:15 to get to 6:20 jazz band. Then I have Spanish III, wind ensemble, calculus II, biotechnology, senior English and (advanced placement) government and politics.
Q: I understand you are involved in student government. What do you do?
I'm (senior) class president. Our main focus as class officers is fundraising for our senior prom and to provide opportunities for our students to get involved.
Q: I understand that you play the trumpet?
A: I've been playing since the fifth grade. I chose it because my dad also played the trumpet. I got the chance to play the trumpet he had back in high school.
Q: What are some of your other school activities?
A: National Honor Society and Modern Music Masters. I'm also in cross country in the fall and I've been involved in track.
Q: Who is the most interesting or most inspiring person you know?
A: I would most likely say my father. For school, work ethic and church, he is very strong in what he does. I'd also say my teacher Mr. Clint Chan. He's a math teacher here and teaches computer science. He will stay to 9 or 10 o'clock at night for a student if they are willing to stay that late.
Q: What is your plan for next year?
A: I plan to leave on an (Mormon church) mission in late August or early September. We find out about a month before we leave. ... After that, I'm looking at going into biomedical engineering.
Q: Do you have a favorite childhood memory?
A: Family vacations. Also, two years ago, we went up to Mount Baker for snow boarding. My brothers and I'd always go up the lift together. My dad is always there with a camera but he always ended up taking pictures of random snowboarders and missing us.
Q: What do you like to do when you are away from school?
A: Snowboarding is a lot of fun. I also did tae kwon do for nine years. I would love to get back to it some day.
Q: What would surprise people to know about you that they might not already know?
A: I don't really have an answer for that, but one of the greatest fears I have is I will not reach the potential I have in life. That's why I strive to get the grades I do and I strive to do well. I'm not competing against other people. I'm competing with myself to meet my potential. The reason why I strive so hard is so I'm best able to support my family in the future.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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