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Caldwell, Goldman are students of the month

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MARYSVILLE Seniors Michaela Caldwell and Jeremy Goldman are the December Students of the Month for the Marysville School District.
Both are standout track athletes and have high marks on their academic transcripts as well. The pair were selected by the Marysville Soroptimist and Kiwanis clubs which fund several scholarships to reward worthy graduating students at the end every school year.
Class president Caldwell boasts a nearly flawless grade point average of 3.9, earned with a heavy load of advanced placement classes. The honors student has been in highly-capable classes since her days at Pinewood Elementary School and is used to carrying larger workload that most other students. She said the more rigorous syllabi in AP classes helps keep her on her toes.
I need pushing in my studies or else I slack off, Caldwell laughed during a break from her college-level algebra class.
Thats one of her favorite subjects. The 18-year-old took AP calculus as a junior and would have completed all the math offerings at M-P until the new advanced algebra class was created this year. Math and science might be hard for others but Caldwell said they are her favorite subjects.
They both just come really easy for me, she said. Honestly I dont know why they are easy. I can do math in my head a lot. I can see the problems, I can do them out in my head. But Im also really good with computers and that kind of stuff.
Math appeals to her because of the objective nature, the certainty that there is always a right answer, always the same correct answer. Math has structure and she likes that. Science on the other hand is also objective, but there are often several ways to reach a correct answer and that appeals to her creative side.
I really like doing labs, she laughed. I really like dissecting things. I think thats a lot of fun.
She plans to attend either Seattle Pacific University or Western Washington University on her way to a career as a math or science teacher. Even though many industries are clamoring to hire more women in engineering, Caldwell took a pass after briefly considering the field. During a summer leadership camp earlier this year Caldwell was a facilitator and said she could sense her coming into her own when she taught her peers, and that helped make up her mind.
Im pretty good at it and Ive taught kids in the past.
Away from the books the Marysville native is a hit with the track and field and swimming teams, going to state for both sports. In fact, Caldwell holds the school record for the pole vault, which she notched her sophomore year and then beat by two more inches last year as a junior. She frequently practices vaulting at the University of Washington, where they hold a weekly clinic for prep athletes.
If theres ever a CSI: Marysville, Jeremy Goldman will be starring front and center. Goldman is hoping to build on his familys impressive law enforcement pedigree by forging a career in the forensic sciences. His father is Jeff Goldman, a newly promoted lieutenant with the Marysville Police Department, who inspired his son to study in the fields of criminology and forensics when he graduates.
My dads background, seeing him with police work Its always been interesting to me, Goldman said.
The 17-year-old readily cites his fathers influence in his hopes to eventually study at the graduate level. He considered wearing a gun and a badge himself but his father urged him to reach higher.
My dads told me he wants better for me than to be a police officer.
An honors student for his entire high school tenure, Goldman won a leadership award in French and has numerous extra-curricular activities on his calendar. Serving as activities coordinator puts him squarely in the middle of most campus events, including You Gotta Love This Place, the annual spruce up at the start of each school year and many others, freshman orientation and homecoming.
His favorite subjects are math and English; creativity for the latter and structure for math.
I guest Im just and organized person and I like to do something where there is a right answer, he explained.
Goldman is an unlikely track and field star, where he went to district competitions in the shot put and discuss. He can throw the sphere 47 feet, the disc 130, but the tall young man laughs because hes at least 50 to 100 pounds lighter than the athletes he competes against.
I like to be the odd man out, I guess, Goldman said. I like to stand out in things like that.
Thats a change for the reticent young man, who came from a debate class where he and his partner argued successfully for mandatory drug testing in schools. They won by arguing that it would eliminate drugs on school campuses, citing supreme court cases affirming the practice doesnt violate the Fifth Amendment.
English teacher Margaret Johnson has taught Goldman for two years said he is well-liked by his peers and has a low-key manner thats effective at leading them in the yearbook class and other endeavors.
They accept what he says with a modicum of grace. Thats great for me, because I can rely on him, said Johnson. Hes a great writer.
Her husband is a retired cop, so she knows the pressure on a police officers children. Johnson has nominated him for student of the month honors every month since the beginning of the year, so its safe to say shes a big fan.
Hes just a really well rounded kid, Johnson said. I wish I had a hundred of him.

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