CONLAN VANCE: :

March 30, 2014 

Age: 17.

School: Capital High School in Olympia.

Grade: 12.

Parents or guardians: Linda Alvarado.

Best personal achievement: Attending Harvard’s Secondary School Program over the summer.

How I spend my time: Exercising, playing video games, and talking with family and friends.

Favorite subjects: English, history and choir.

Favorite movie: “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

Favorite book: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

Dream job: Archaeologist.

Someone I respect: My grandmother.

The hardest part of being a student is: Dealing with the pressures that people put on you.

My ambitions or career aspirations include: Getting a degree in archaeology and becoming an archaeologist.

Someone famous I would like to meet: Mel Brooks.

Someday, looking back on my life, I’ll be able to say: “I wish I could have done more, but I’m happy with what I have done.”

Biggest challenge facing teenagers today: Not caring enough about what they want to do with their lives in the future.

One thing in the world I would change if I could: Having countries settle petty land disputes and realize that they are not as different from one another as they think.

Nominated by: Linda Alvarado, who wrote, “My grandson (I am his grandmother and legal guardian) was accepted by the National Society of High School Scholars. He also attended Harvard University Secondary Summer Program last summer. He was there for eight weeks, earned eight college credits from Harvard. He enjoyed it a great deal.”

Staff member quote: English teacher Matt Herinckx wrote, “Conlan is a creative, bright and hardworking student. He’s mature and disciplined and very supportive of the efforts of others, and it’s been a pleasure to read his work this year, whether fiction or non-fiction, and to conference with him about his progress. I enjoy his gentle, witty, ironic humor, and I really enjoy how he can work that quality in his writing. He’s a great guy, and I look forward to seeing him each day.”

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