EVERETT — Garry Larson is known around school for his inspirational poetry. This year he was selected as a GEAR-UP student Ambassador, and will travel to Washington, D.C., as a representative of students from Washington state.
GEAR-UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs and aims to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter college.
Question: Tell me about being a GEAR-UP Ambassador.
Answer: I'm going to Washington, D.C., in July. It is such an honor. I'm just humbled how they (my classmates) chose me out of all the other kids that I feel could be better than me, and I'm one out of six kids in the whole state. So I just want to put out a good word for everyone I love.
Q: What are your plans after high school?
A: I definitely want to go to a university. I'm not 100 percent sure, but I'm thinking Gonzaga or the UW. I don't have a solid plan in place, but I really love science. I kind of want to go more into history, because I love about learning about the wars, and how we need to learn about history so we don't repeat it.
Q: What was your home life like growing up?
A: I kind of have a complicated story because I lived in the foster care system for 10 years, so it was back and forth between Washington and California. I got adopted when I was 13, and I just kind of look at that as a second chance. Previously, I had no chance of success, I wasn't in a position where I could flourish, but now I'm in a position where I'm succeeding in school, I'm starting to think about my potential.