Mahoy, Wolf academic leaders for Class of ‘08
Nicolas Mahoy describes himself as “competitive,” but he had no idea where his grade-point average stood in comparison with others in the Coronado High School
Class of 2008.
As it turned out, his academics were just enough to earn him valedictorian. His 4.78 GPA (all A's for four years, boosted by higher credit for honors courses) barely bested salutatorian Mollie Wolf's 4.76.
Both will represent their class in graduation ceremonies at the World Arena Tuesday, May 20 at 2 p.m.
In keeping with a tradition for Coronado's top students, they did more than just hit the books during their four-year high school careers. Other activities played a big part; both, in fact, were members of the cross-country and track teams, with Mahoy one of the lead varsity runners on this year's state-qualifying team.
But Mahoy's main area of interest, which led to his full scholarship to North Texas State University, is music. A member of the school's wind ensemble and jazz band, he was selected this year to the All-State band, jazz band and orchestra (where he was first-chair trombone).
Honors included being a National Merit finalist and a Boettcher Foundation scholarship semifinalist, and he also had major scholarship offers from Colorado University, Denver and Oberlin.
Mahoy expects to continue his productive ways at college. He wants to run cross-country and go for a degree (undecided as yet) in addition to music.
Wolf's other interest areas included Future Business Leaders of America, the National Honor Society, El Pomar Youth Community Service and the Reflections art competition (she took second at state for choreography as a sophomore), but her main extracurricular activity has been studying and performing with the modern dance troupe, Ormao. Having earned a partial scholarship to CU-Boulder, she plans to major in dance there while working toward a fine arts degree.
Mahoy went to Lincoln Elementary and Jenkins Middle School, then came to Coronado on a permit because he liked the band program.
Wolf attended Chipeta Elementary and Holmes Middle School.
During interviews, the two also answered these three questions:
Who do you credit for helping you attain your high level of achievement?
What was your most valuable high school experience?
What's the secret(s) for getting good grades?
Credit: My parents (Lanel Welsby and Doug Mahoy) and my trombone teacher, Sondra Bell.
Experience: I have learned how to focus and study.
Grades: Do all of your homework. Don't let any assignment slide. Read all the material required.
Credit: Mother (Chris Carlson - “she raised me to excel in all things”) and father (Martin Wolf).
Experience: Cross-country. It allowed me to meet a lot of people I wouldn't have met, from different grades and classes.
Grades: Not getting stressed out, getting a good night's sleep and eating healthy. Dance lets me release my anger, instead of having it come out when I'm trying to do something important.
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