The new kid at Moffat County High School has his sights set on the FBI.
He's a marksman, a volunteer, a straight-A student, and at 16, he's already decided on a college and a career in law enforcement.
Kyle Larmey moved to Craig last summer from his home in Phoenix. His father, Fred, was a network administrator for WebMD who got fed up with the corporate way of life and found a job managing a 5,000-acre ranch in Northwest Colorado.
Kyle's mother, Angie, admits she and her husband were concerned about transplanting Kyle early in his high school career. But in his characteristic way, the sophomore seemed unfazed by the new situation, and was already hanging out with friends after school his first day.
Since then, he has immersed himself in the community. Kyle hopes Craig will be his launching pad to Arizona State University and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
His "FBI Dream" probably has roots in television, especially the "X Files," Kyle said.
"About a year ago I decided that was what I wanted to do," Kyle said.
His interest in law enforcement was cultivated when he was spending a lot of time at the shooting range in Phoenix, where he constantly saw police, sheriff and FBI officers honing their skills.
Kyle was enrolled in a National Rifle Association junior shooters program. As he progressed through the course's competency levels, he earned badges to put on his shooter's jacket by amassing points for hitting the bull's-eye.
Kyle is humble about his shooting skills, but his father talked about his son's marksmanship with a .22-caliber rifle.
"At 50 feet, he can put five rounds in a circle this big," Fred said, making a circle with his fingers about the size of a half-dollar.
Father and son scoured the Internet for information about the FBI. Fred sent a letter to an FBI field office in Arizona. He explained his son's intentions provided a resume. The letter was never answered, but Kyle continues to take on new activities and community service that he hopes will build a stellar application to college and the FBI. He has been scouting a summer internship at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. Since he arrived in Craig, he jumped into every extracurricular activity he could find that interested him. It's a way to keep busy and meet people, and it'll look good on his college application, too.
"My biggest thing right now is to get involved in as much as I can," Kyle said.
He started the school year volunteering at Sunset Meadows.
At first, Kyle said people at the apartment complex thought he must be working off some court-ordered community service. They were delighted to find out he was volunteering because he wanted to.
A woman at Sunset Meadows helped him get involved in a band that plays at the Catholic Church. Now, on Sundays, he goes to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mornings and then plays in the Catholic band in the evenings.
He hasn't made his mind up about his mind about a faith.
"I like going to the different churches because they all have their pros and cons," Kyle said.
He also volunteers at The Memorial Hospital. He coaches a soccer team that his sister, Allie, plays on. And he joined the Craig Police Department's Citizen Police Academy.
The 12-week course is teaching him how real police departments are different from TV.
Last week, he learned how to dust evidence for fingerprints. In previous weeks, Kyle volunteered to be handcuffed by Cpl. Dusty Shulze, an officer for whom handcuffing is a kind of art.
Kyle said getting handcuffed was "fun," but he wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of Shulze's cuffs outside the classroom.
For all his seriousness about his future, Kyle has a sense of humor that often has his mom in stitches.
Kyle strapped on his guitar (which has a yellow shoulder strap that reads, "Police Line Do Not Cross") and played some comedic songs he wrote. The songs were a little bit Monty Python and a little bit Adam Sandler. And when Angie wasn't laughing hysterically, she was blushing at some of the more racy content.
Sometimes, she finds herself on the receiving end of her son's practical jokes, which usually take place at the grocery store. Kyle fills the cart with Preparation H, Depends undergarments and Spam when his mother isn't looking.
Angie said she wouldn't take Kyle to the store anymore, except that sometimes that's the only chance she has to see her busy son.
She seems to be convinced of his bright future when she talks about how much she hopes he'll visit home once his high school days are over.
Fred, too, talks about his son's future.
"Whatever he tries, without a lot of unusual effort, he usually excels at," Fred said. "Whatever he decides to do for a career, I think he'll succeed at with not a lot of trouble. His constant straight-As amaze me. It's been pretty neat to watch him grow up."
Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com