Super Kid: He has his eye on a future in politics

River O’Connor, 17, at the Sky Valley Education Center on Sept. 7, 2018 in Monroe, Wa. O’Connor is finishing up his last year at of running start at the Ocean Research College Academy and hopes to study political science in college. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
River O’Connor, 17, at the Sky Valley Education Center on Sept. 7, 2018 in Monroe, Wa. O’Connor is finishing up his last year at of running start at the Ocean Research College Academy and hopes to study political science in college. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

MONROE — River O’Connor, 17, is a senior at the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe. He’s also a Running Start student in the Ocean Research College Academy, or ORCA, at Everett Community College. Last month he wrote an article that was published in Politico magazine.

Question: Why did you decide to go to Sky Valley Education Center?

Answer: My parents and I were looking for a school that was more flexible with hours and the education style. Sky Valley has a lot more freedom of what kind of classes you want to take, and when …

I have a lot of hobbies and things I like to do, and a lot of extracurricular activities, which would not be as easy to do without the flexibility and environment that Sky Valley has given me.

Q: What activities?

A: I do the model United Nations program at Sky Valley. We go to annual conferences, the largest one being in Seattle with close to 1,000 attendees. I also attended the ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Then, I go to DEF CON (a hacking convention). I’ve been going there for over five years, and from that experience I wrote the article for Politico, which got published a couple of weeks ago.

Q: When was DEF CON?

A: I went there from Aug. 6th to the 13th. The conference itself is only three or four days.

Q: What was the experience like this year?

A: This…

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