Winter Laurel Herron: Proud of winning a national championship with her horse

Age: 14

Grade: 9

School: Tumwater High School

Hometown: Olympia

Parents: Steven and Andrea Herron

Best personal achievement: In 2008, winning a national championship title with my horse, Tex, at the Arabian Youth Nationals in New Mexico.

How I spend my time: I enjoy playing basketball, riding horses, listening to music and reading.

Favorite subjects: Science, Bible and history

Favorite movies: “RV,” “Night at the Museum,” “Narnia,” and “National Treasure”

Favorite books: “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer and the Nancy Drew series

Dream job: Marine mammal biologist or veterinarian

Someone I respect: My parents

College I’d like to attend: A college with a strong science program.

Someone famous I’d like to meet: Jesus

Someday, looking back on my life I’d like to be able to say ... : That I followed my heart, followed God and reached my goals and dreams.

Biggest challenge facing teenagers today: The stress of balancing school, sports, friends and homework

One thing in the world I would change if I could: Selfish and self-centered people

Where do you see yourself in 10 years: I see myself successful, educated and working with animals.

Staff comment: “Winter is the personification of conscientious effort, diligence and loyalty. If I could just give her the grade of “B” to help take the pressure off her high expectations. Winter has been all spring and summer as far as I am concerned. Her respect and commitment in class and on the court have been tremendous. I look forward to seeing where such drive will lead her.” Bruce Newman, junior high history and girls basketball coach, Evergreen Christian School