Mack, Opel named M’ville Soroptimist Oct. Students of the Month
By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Marysville Globe Reporter
November 4, 2008 · Updated 4:19 PM
MARYSVILLE — Colleen Mack and Jack Opel have been named the Marysville Soroptimist Students of the Month for October.
Mack, a senior at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, has scored a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and taken AP classes in U.S. history, language, chemistry, literature and statistics. In ninth-grade, she was named T-Bird Truly All-Around Student and Vocational Scholar of the Year, and received the Presidents Education Award for Educational Excellence.
Mack was part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Grant Foundation Team in eighth and 9th grade, the soccer team in ninth grade, and the junior varsity soccer and tennis teams in 10th grade. In 11th and 12th grade, she was part of the National Honor Society, and in 12th grade, she was part of the M-PHS Knowledge Bowl Quiz Team.
Mack was a St. Mary’s Catholic Church altar server from 8th through 12th grade, a member of Lakewood Legacy U15 Select Soccer in 9th grade and a member of Lake Stevens Eclipse U16 Select Soccer in 10th grade. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Venturing Youth Group in ninth and 10th grade, scoring a Boy Scouts of America Venturing Bronze Award and Seattle Archdiocese Venturing Leadership and Pope Pious XII awards in 9th grade. In 11th grade, she was a St. Mary’s Kindergarten Faith Formation instructor and an Outstanding Student and Community Achievement Masonic Lodge nominee. In 11th and 12th grade, she volunteered at the Providence Everett Medical Center’s Critical Care Center, and in 12th grade, she volunteered at St. Joseph’s House.
Opel, a senior at the International School of Communications at M-PHS, has scored a cumulative GPA of 3.2, with an 11th-grade GPA of 3.9, and taken AP classes in language, literature and calculus. In 9th grade, he was freshman class president and a member of the Washington Association of Student Councils.
Opel served as a “house head” in ISC in 11th and 12th grade. In 11th grade, he was a writer and lead editor for the ISC magazine and parent newsletter, and in 12th grade, he served as an ASB technician chair and freshman mentor.
Opel joined the Marysville United Methodist Church on a mission trip in 11th grade to help flood victims in Centralia, Wash., working on a plant farmer’s property for 20 hours to remove potentially hazardous mud deposits. He also spent his 11th-grade year tutoring a fourth-grade “buddy” at Pinewood Elementary once a week, and will once again be a “big buddy” to an elementary school student starting this month.
Opel was involved in baseball all four years of high school. He was involved in wrestling in 9th grade, swimming in 10th grade, and football in 9th and 10th grade. In 11th and 12th grade, he took part in both broadcasting and the Random Acts of Kindness for Everyone Club. He was voted onto the Homecoming Court twice, in 9th grade as freshman class prince, and in 12th grade as senior class king.Contact Marysville Globe Reporter Kirk Boxleitner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-659-1300 Ext. 5052.