Coragiulo, Thomason are Students of the Month
August 28, 2008 · Updated 10:33 AM
MARYSVILLE The October Students of the Month for the Marysville School District are Alicia Coragiulo and Collin Thomason.
Both are seniors at Marysville-Pilchuck High School and were picked for their many academic and athletic successes. They were saluted by district leadership when they were presented before the Marysville School Board at its Nov. 5 meeting by the Marysville Soroptimist and Kiwanis clubs.
Coragiulo is well-known for serving as Strawberry Festival royalty, where she was an ambassador for the entire community this summer, riding the festival float around the Pacific Northwest. In addition to winning a spot on the float, Coragiulo was voted Miss Congeniality by her peers at the spring pageant.
But there a lots of brains to go with her beauty, as she has a healthy 3.5 grade point average and membership in the National Honor Society since 2005. She earned those marks taking advanced placement, honors and college-level courses. A skilled writer, Coragiulo writes some poetry but takes great satisfaction in crafting a good essay on a debate topic.
I have a passion for writing and I love to write a good paper, Coragiulo said when she discussed her selection as student of the month by the Marysville Soroptimist Club.
History and political science have long been her favorite subjects, and the ones that have influenced her the most. She cited U. S. history teacher Kyle Suits as an huge influence in particular.
He didnt just teach me about American history, he taught me a lot of things about life, Coragiulo said. Ive just been blessed to have had four really great political science and history teachers.
An outgoing people person, Coragiulo quickly emerged as a leader on the M-P swim team, serving as co-captain since 2006. Thats due to a nurturing nature that compels her to care for others, according to swim coach Jackie Legore-Hodgins.
Shes very maternal, shes been like a mother to some of our team members, Legore-Hodgins. She just is great caretaker of the people around her. She has this altruistic nature.
That extends beyond her involvement in sports; an assistant coachs daughter served as junior royalty and Coragiulo was a mentor to her as well, the coach said. Legore-Hodgins said she is amazed by Coragiulos busy schedule.
She squeezes in a lot of things in a day. Legore-Hodgins said. I think its going to be really fun to see what shes going to do in her professional life.
That will most likely be in the nursing field, possibly politics too. Coragiulo plans to spend a couple of years working in missions around the world, but hopes to attend Seattle Pacific University, studying obstetrics and Spanish language with the goal of being a OB/GYN nurse practitioner. Her grandmother was an nurse and SPU alumni, so Coragiulo said she will hopefully be following in her footsteps someday.
I really enjoy politics, Coragiulo said. Everything I that I do in my life, I want to make a difference.
Thomason is a 17-year-old in the Pathway of Choice school, with a top-notch GPA of 3.94, marred only by two A-minuses in junior high school classes, art and physical education. Ironically, those dings happened the year he was the ninth-grade student athlete of the year at the former Marysville Junior High School.
Looking back at it, it hurts a little bit, Thomason laughed.
His transcript is riddled with the more difficult advanced placement classes, in high-brow subjects like chemistry, comparative politics and calculus.
Its always fun to be challenged, Thomason said, referring to his chemistry class. Having one like that that stimulates your mind and knowing that it will help me in college, in the field.
He said teacher Jeff Riechel has a knack for bring the subject to life. Riechel has also coached Thomason in basketball and said the tow-headed forward embodies the correct mix of fun and work. He is studious but not too serious, according to Riechel.
Ive seen him in multiple contexts and hes the complete package, Riechel said. Hes just a solid kid. Hes got a great balance to his personality.
A captain of the high school Knowledge Bowl team, Thomason has a sharp mind and a smooth personality that gets him noticed in a good way, the teacher said.
Hes well liked, hes really easygoing, Riechel said. Its just very unusual to see a kid at this very high level across the board. Its my pleasure to have gotten to know him.
Thomason serves as president of the National Honor Society chapter at M-P, and has earned many academic awards, including a Magna Cum Laude on the National Latin Examination during his junior year. He has volunteered at many community events in and out of school, such as coaching eighth-grade football and helping out with they YMCA Trick of Treat Fun Run.
Thomason plans to attend the University of Washington, where he hopes to become a doctor at one of the nations premier medical schools. His goal to become a cardiologist was sparked by two heart attacks his father had before he was 50.
Its really touched my life, Thomason said.