RAHS student juggles 2 lives

Chase Barton practices his juggling skills for an upcoming event.
Photo Courtesy of Chase Barton

RAHS sophomore Chase Barton has served his community through his work as a juggler and as a Boy Scout through his love of nature.

An activity Barton has interest in is juggling, his interest for juggling was sparked when he was a child and he has been juggling ever since.

“I got into juggling when I was five years old at the Northwest WA Fair in Lynden WA,” said Barton. “I first got interested when I saw a performer juggling a diabolo (Chinese yoyo). My parents saw that I was interested and they bought me one.”

Juggling is so much more than a hobby for Barton, and he uses his talent to make others feel jubilant.

“I then started practicing learning more tricks from other jugglers that I met at fairs over the summer. I decided that I wanted to start a show for kids,” said Barton. “We pitched the idea to a couple of fairs then I started. I like juggling to make other people happy.”

Chase is able to show his talent of juggling by performing around the country in fairs.

“My first show was at the Northwest WA Fair, then I went and juggled at a theme park in New York, a fair in California, and recently I have been juggling for kids and special needs adults at a fair in Albany, Georgia,” said Barton. “I enjoy the experience greatly. I get to perform for large groups of people and I get to travel to new states on the way.”

Other than juggling at fairs, Barton enjoys helping out his community by leading projects he planned for his Eagle Scout Project.  

I constructed a 16×16 open wall structure with a concrete slab, 2 ADA wheelchair accessible potting tables, and refurbished a road sign, all for a special needs community named L’Arche Farms,” said Barton. “My job was to plan, schedule, and execute this project with the help of volunteers and donations within the community. It was experience that I really enjoyed and it helped expand my leadership capabilities.”

Barton’s neighbor was a troop leader, which gave him the motivation to join Boy Scouts as early as he could.

“I decided to become a boy scout when I was around 6 years old,” said Barton. “I wasn’t old enough to be a Boy Scout at the time but I joined Cub Scouts as early as I could and I began my journey towards Eagle Scout.”

Boy Scouts helped Barton transition into becoming a leader in his community.

“Boy Scouts has impacted me in many ways. When I first started, I was pretty shy but through the course of scouting I overcame my shyness and learned about becoming a leader,” said Barton. “I then started running for leadership positions in my troop and taking leadership training courses.”

Boy Scouts is a way to develop new skill sets. Each new accomplishment comes with a badge. Currently, Barton has earned 35 badges.

“My favorite badge I earned would probably be Lifesaving,” said Barton. “I would pick Lifesaving because it was a challenge and not all of the scouts that participated in this merit badge finished it.”

Even through Barton’s interests in nature he seeks to find a career in different areas of interest.

“I’m not too sure what career I would like to enter, as of currently I am looking to pursue a career in Aerospace Engineering or a Surgeon.” said Barton.

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