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Meadowdale Super Kid a football fanatic

  • Meadowdale senior Tanner Davenport-Thuet plans to attend Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C., where he'll play football.

    Annie Mulligan / For The Herald

    Meadowdale senior Tanner Davenport-Thuet plans to attend Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C., where he'll play football.

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By Amy Daybert
Herald Writer
Q: I understand it's almost your birthday. Do you have big plans?
A: I'll turn 18 on March 14. My grandma and grandpa have a beach house on Hood Canal, and I'm probably just going to have some friends come over and hang out there for a couple days. It's what I've done since I was 13, so it will be fun.
Q: I heard you're involved with the school's Associated Student Body executive office?
A: I didn't do ASB or any kind of leadership until my junior year when I was a Link leader and I loved it. I wanted to get more involved so when elections came around in the spring, I ran for ASB and I got elected. I'm the activities coordinator. Since then, I did Link again, which is like orientation for freshman. I was a football captain, and I wrestled too this year, which I haven't done since freshman year.
Q: Why did you decide to start wrestling again?
A: It was my last chance. Before, I was really worried about working out for football and getting bigger and stronger, but football season ended, and I wasn't sure where I would be playing football next year and I thought I might as well wrestle. It ended up being good. I was a varsity heavyweight. I think I ended up being 11 and 7 and all my wins were with pins. I didn't wrestle three rounds ever. I made it to regionals as an alternate.
Q: Were you expecting to do so well?
A: Not really, but it came back a lot faster than I thought it would. I learned a couple of new moves that I really liked and I got good at those and they took me pretty far.
Q: You're in choir, too, right?
A: I've been in choir all four years. It's fun. I don't picture myself as being a music kid. I consider myself to be more of an athlete, but I have a lot of friends that I'm in (the class) with so it's definitely been one of my highlights of high school. I've been singing in the top choir since my sophomore year.
Q: Were you in choir before high school?
A: I was in orchestra in elementary school and middle school, and then one day in orchestra in the eighth grade, the choir director said they needed guys, and she pulled a couple of guys out of orchestra. For 10 minutes a day she'd pull us out of orchestra and we'd go sing.
Q: Tell me more about football.
A: Football is my life. I'm obsessed with football. During the off-season all I can think about is playing football. I'm going to be playing football next year at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, B.C. I got a scholarship there. I'm excited to go up there because it's close to home but in a different country. My family will be able to come see me play, and I can come home if I have to.
Q: When does football practice start at Simon Fraser?
A: Early August. I'm excited but I have a lot of work to do before that to make sure I'm ready.
Q: What do you want to study?
A: Business. Either business management or economics. I think economics is really interesting. It's hard and it's a lot of math but I'd like to have a future there and then maybe eventually get a law degree, too.
Q: Why are you interested in law?
A: My great-grandfather who passed away maybe two years ago now was a judge in Thurston County for a really long time, and he told me whatever I do don't be a lawyer, but I think it would be fun. I feel like I'm good at arguing with people.
Q: How's your senior year going?
A: Really good. The beginning of my senior year during football season was probably storybook. I wouldn't have changed a thing. We were undefeated in football. Homecoming was great, I was enjoying all of my classes and having a great time with all my friends. It's second semester senior year right now so finding motivation is kind of difficult. I have senioritis pretty bad.
Q: You also like to volunteer.
A: Yes, with ASB we did a 24-hour food drive, and we spent the night outside of QFC. We were really active going through neighborhoods and asking for cans. We collected 50,000 cans and that all went to the Lynnwood Food Bank. My mom for a while worked at a retirement home and they did garden parties. They can't move around bags of dirt, so me and a couple of football buddies would help out and do the grunt work there.
Q: What advice would you give to underclassmen?
A: I feel like when you get to high school it's perceived that there are a lot of things you can't do, like if you're going to do football you can't do music and you can't do ASB. If there are things that you want to do then go for them and don't be discouraged. High school is what you make it. Get involved with everything you want to do and follow through.
Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491 or

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