Wake, Anderson are students of the month
August 28, 2008 · Updated 9:47 AM
MARYSVILLE Ashley Wake and Joel Anderson are the October students of the month for the Marysville School District. Both are seniors at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, both have stratospheric grade point averages, and both have a bent for marketing. They were selected by the Marysville Soroptimist and Kiwanis Clubs and presented at the Nov. 5 meeting of the Marysville School Board.
Anderson is a future George Steinbrenner, who someday wants to work for or own a minor league sports team. He is working on a project in his high school marketing class that involves the Everett Silvertips hockey team and the Everett Events Center, according to Jim Pankiewicz, the marketing teacher at M-PHS.
He expressed an interest in that early on in the year, said Pankiewicz. He strikes me as competitive.
Anderson has most of the traits of the typical student of the month; super GPA earned with top-level classes such as advanced placement calculus, comparative politics and literature; and an architecture and computer-assisted drafting class to boot. National Honor Society member? Check. Elite athlete? Natch. His resume goes on forever, but what sets him apart is the perfect attendance for his high school years. He said its no sweat to do something you love.
I always wake up wanting to go to school cause its a privilege; its something I always want to do, Anderson said. I just want to do the best I can. I want my transcript to look good so I try to balance it by getting good grades and taking tough classes.
A tough class for Anderson is not what you might expect; he likes math for the certainty and loathes the subjectivity of English courses.
When I do math, theres an answer to it, he explained.
He excels on the tennis court, where he is the team captain after three years on varsity. He also plays off campus with the Skagit Valley Team Tennis, where he is ranked second out of 15 players.
Thats my passion I love watching it, Anderson said. I really understand the shots and I respect the game.
Anderson likes to teach and instruct other players and hopes to get an athletic scholarship to an NCAA Division two or three college like Eastern Washington or Central Washington universities, where he will major in marketing to get a start on his dream of being a sports mogul.
I want to own a sports team or manage one, Anderson said. Im really into minor league teams and I would like to get in and work my way up the ladder. That job wouldnt feel like its a task, it would be something I would enjoy. I would be good at it too because it fits a lot of my personality.
He said he gets a lot out of the high school marketing classes taught by Pankiewicz, as they give him a view of how an entire business works. Mr. P said Anderson is an attentive and friendly student who doesnt miss a beat.
I think hes got an intense personality but he doesnt strike you that way, Pankiewicz said. Joel maintains eye contact the whole period.
Wake is also a marketing student and is a both a driven and driving student who wants to be an entrepreneur but also save the world at the same time. Wake said she will major in business administration at the University of Washington and then found a business offering shelter for foster kids who need a place to stay. Pankiewicz said that when he nominated Wake for another award he wrote something along the lines of: On a bad day Ashley gives 110 percent and on a good day she gives more and she doesnt have a lot of bad days,
Pankiewicz recalled. Thats completely true.
Like Anderson, Wake excels at math and science for much of the same reasons.
Im very systematic; I search for logic and reasoning, whereas English has all these exceptions, Wake explained. Math I just caught on really fast.
Because she likes chemistry she considered a career in the field but doesnt want to be closed off from people in a laboratory. Wake has a yen for social work but wants to major in business to learn how to make organizations efficient and effective at the same time. The University of Washington business school will give her the skills to make a difference, she said.
You cant help everyone and that hurts me and I want to do more, Wake said, adding that she knew a girl in her marketing class who is homeless and doesnt want to go to a foster home. That gave her an idea for a career. I saw a movie and there were these houses for foster kids where it was more like a boarding house.
Wake carries a 3.976 GPA with a heavy load of AP classes and played soccer for three years, serving as captain of her freshman team before an ankle injury lead her to hang up her spikes for her senior year. Now she marshals the M-P marketing program, including the boss, Pankiewicz laughed.
Ashley tells me what to do, Pankiewicz said. Shes hard working, shes motivated. She doesnt just want to accept the status quo.
Wake is a member of the National Honor Society and was nominated for the Hi-Q brain trust that competes against other Puget Sound high schools on a quiz show circuit. The 18-year-old has volunteered for many events both on and off campus and is an assistant coach for a 13-and under team as well as helping out with a Special Olympics team. She also likes to ski, snowboard and wake board in her spare time.
She is somebody who has overcome some personal adversity and shes done a heck of a job of doing that, Pankiewicz said.