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Overcoming obstacles: Enrique Gonzalez, senior

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  • Enrique Gonzalez, a senior at Sequoia High School in Everett, has overcome falling behind earlier in his high school career and is now on track to gra...

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    Enrique Gonzalez, a senior at Sequoia High School in Everett, has overcome falling behind earlier in his high school career and is now on track to graduate on time.

Q: You played basketball and football while attending Ballard High School during your freshmen and sophomore years?
A: Yes. I would maintain my grades for the sports programs and keep it up during basketball and football. I would stop toward the end of the year. I think I received three out of 12 required credits at Ballard.
Q: What brought you to Everett?
A: I decided I wanted to go live with my dad and to play football and basketball for Cascade (during) my junior year.
Q: How did things go during your junior year?
A: I kept my grades up during varsity football and basketball. I got all the graduation requirements done for that year, six out of six credits.
Q: What brought you to Sequoia?
A: I had been told about the program at Sequoia (by a member) of the varsity basketball team. You could get your credits a lot faster. It's like a normal school, but I feel it's better than a normal school. I'm also doing an online program here at Sequoia to retrieve credits really fast.
Q: But you still play basketball at Cascade?
A: Yes. I'm playing varsity basketball at Cascade and hoping to graduate in 2013.
Q: It sounds as if you had problems earlier in high school with credits. Can you talk about that?
A: Yes, a lot of problems. Every time I did turn in the assignment, it would be great. But after football and basketball, I stopped the motivation. I didn't have anyone pushing me like my dad pushes me in Everett.
Q: Your dad is really important with your motivation to do your class work?
A: Oh yeah.
Q: What position did you play in football?
A: Fullback, I was defensive lineman and a little linebacker.
Q: What about basketball?
A: Power forward and a center.
Q: What's your favorite class?
A: Creative writing. I could sit and in 20 minutes write two to three pages.
Q: What are your plans after graduating from high school?
A: Originally I had planned everything through sports. But I would like to do something with the law, maybe a police officer, or go to the fire academy. I've thought about joining the Marines. Right now it's auto mechanic, an auto technician program.
Q: What do you do in your after-school hours?
A: I have a lot three different jobs right now, a youth referee for flag football and basketball, and I work at a local batting cage and batting training complex if they're in select baseball.
Q: Are you saving up money for something in particular?
A: Right now, basically just for myself. I had to buy my own car. I don't really get handed any money by my parents.
Q: Does that help you grow up?
A: It is helping me grow up. I kind of like it that way. I've really done it myself. Not really dependent on anybody.
Q: What are your favorite music groups?
A: Nipsey Hussle and Wiz Khalifa
Q: How do you like your online courses?
A: I'm catching up a lot of work here. They're great.
Q: Do you have to be more disciplined?
A: Yes, you have to focus. It's all on the computer. I usually write up my stuff and then write the final drafts on the computer.
Q: Any advice for other students who may be having difficulties getting through their classes?
A: I feel like I've learned throughout it all. I guess the obstacles weren't meant to be there if they weren't meant to be overcome.
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or

I would go home with grass stains on my jeans
I had no worries in LIFE
I wouldn't ever think about the future
My family was together
I played basketball and football
I knew how to have fun
LIFE seemed so easy
I was always on the go
I had energy for days
There was no car
There was no having to get a job
I had money in my pocket that was handed to me not earned
I did not have anywhere close to as much knowledge as I do now about LIFE.
Enrique Gonzalez
Story tags » Sequoia High School

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