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Student of the Week: Stephen Nelson

Lakes High School senior plans to become a pilot, but he's already flying as a star on the school's cross-country team.

Editor’s note: Every week, Patch will use five questions to profile a local student who has accomplished something awesome, whether it be serving in a leadership role; scoring the winning touchdown or earning an Eagle Scout badge. There are some great kids in our community, and we want to celebrate them!

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This week, meet Stephen Nelson, 17, a junior at Lakes High School. Stephen is a member of Lakes' cross-country team and finished second in the Class 3A South Puget Sound League Sub-District meet last weekend.

1. What are some of your accomplishments that make you our Student of the Week? I run cross country and track for Lakes. (Being a team leader) feels good, but it's big shoes to fill since Izaic (Yorks) graduated.

I also am involved in DECA, and I have a 3.8 grade-point average. I balance everything by just working hard. When I get home, I do my homework before anything else.

2. What are your future plans? I plan to attend a four-year college, hopefully the Air Force Academy, or somewhere with an athletic scholarship. I want to study aeronautical engineering and become a pilot. I want to fly.

3. What are your goals going into the post-season? This year, I'd like to place in the top five at districts, and next year, win districts. I would also like to qualify for the Nike Border Clash.

4. In 10 years, I will be … flying for the Air Force, hopefully.

5. One of my hidden talents is … I'm pretty good at swimming. I did it freshman year, but it didn't work with my schedule.

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