Ariel Bosfield

Ariel When you ask a soon to be high school-graduate what they want to be one day, homicide detective isn’t a common answer. But, that’s exactly what Ariel Bosfield tells people.  

“I really want to help people,” she explained. 

After graduating from Kentridge High School, she plans to study communications and social work at Bellevue College to prepare for her future in law enforcement. 

“She’s such a responsible young lady,” said Joanne Baker, who works in Kentridge’s counseling office. “She’s had to overcome so much, but she always has a smile on her face.” 

Ariel entered foster care at age 13 and travels from Kirkland to Kentridge for school to stay with her classmates and friends after moving foster homes. 

“I wanted to be at a school long enough to feel stable,” she explained. “It’s one of the few things I had control over.” 

Her long commute also means longer days than most students. She wakes up at 6 a.m., arrives at school before her first class to work on homework, and then after school, she goes to her part-time job at Safeway. When she gets home, she pushes herself to study until she falls asleep.  

“I knew it was gonna be hard, but worth it in the end,” she said. “Sometimes the hard way is better in the long run.” 

Even with so much on her young shoulders, Ariel advocated for herself to be placed in a more difficult math class and was determined to continue her education after high school.  

“I wanted to push myself,” she said. “And now, I have a good grade!”