Kobe Ogawa is a senior at Estacada High School. He plans to join the U.S. Navy after graduation.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Kobe Ogawa is a senior at Estacada High School. He plans to join the U.S. Navy after graduation. Estacada High School senior Kobe Ogawa moved to Estacada two years ago from the Eastern Oregon town of Ontario.

"I like Estacada more," he said. "I like the people here. We're like one big family."

When he isn't busy with school work, Ogawa enjoys playing sports and spending time with his friends and girlfriend.

The Estacada News spoke to Ogawa about school, sports and his plans for the future.

Estacada News: How would you describe yourself to someone who had never met you?

Kobe Ogawa: I'm outgoing, and I try to make people laugh. I'm never bummed out.

EN: How does it feel to be in your last year of high school?

Ogawa: It's cool but crazy that these four years went by that fast.

EN: What do you want to do after graduation?

Ogawa: I want to go into the Navy. My grandpa was in it. It seems like a cool thing to do.

EN: What are some of your favorite memories from high school?

Ogawa: I loved when we won the league championships for football last year. Other than that, hanging out with friends and meeting new people.

EN: What sports do you play?

Ogawa: I play football and baseball.

EN: What's your favorite class at Estacada High School?

Ogawa: Journalism. We go around and interview the sports teams. I like writing about that stuff.

EN: What brought your family to Estacada?

Ogawa: My dad opened a restaurant in Hood River, The Crazy Pepper, and my mom got a nursing job.

EN: How does Estacada compare to Ontario?

Ogawa: There are more trees here. It's really dusty down there. (Estacada) is cool. I like being closer to Portland.

EN: Where's your favorite place to go in the Portland area?

Ogawa: I like going to the mall in Clackamas.

EN: Is there anything about you that people might be surprised to know?

Ogawa: Not really. I'm a really open person.

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