MARYSVILLE – Parker Devereux and Mackensie Connelly, seniors at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, have been named the November Students of the Month by the Marysville Kiwanis and Soroptimists clubs.
Devereux is valedictorian at M-P with a 4.0 grade point average. He also has a 4.0 as a Running Start student at Everett Community College.
His goal is to be a college math professor. He is applying to the University of Washington, Western Washington and Stanford.
He is very involved in music and sports at M-P. Even though he just started playing tennis as a freshman, he was the No. 1 singles player for the Tomahawks this year. He’s received coaches, captain and most improved awards. He also plays varsity basketball and baseball.
He has been in jazz and marching band playing saxophone and now he is on the drumline. He is on the National Honor Society and has been a class secretary and member of the school’s Cabinet. He has attended robotics and coding camps at the UW.
For community service, one of the things he’s most proud of is tutoring basketball teammate Raequan Battle to help him get into UW, where Battle now plays basketball. He has also tutored other students, and been in Leadership planning school events. He’s helped younger tennis, baseball and basketball players as a coach. Devereux also helped freshmen get to know the school as part of Link Crew this year and has cleaned up the campus as a Beautification Committee member.
This year he has been helping every Friday teach science at Quil Ceda Elementary School.
Connelly is the school’s Associated Student Body president. As such she’s been trying to bring the community together.
“We were close” after the M-P shooting, but “now we’ve drifted apart. I want to build that bridge with MG.”
She also said she wants to have more activities that are “free, all-inclusive.”
Connelly said she developed that philosophy from her family. “We’re open to everything. We don’t cut people off for whatever,” she said. “We accept who they are.”
Connelly, who has a 3.7 g.p.a., plans to play soccer at Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. She hopes to become a physical therapist, but also is thinking of Communications.
She has had jobs in high school: first as a soccer referee and now at Altitude Trampoline Park.
For community service, she has been a soccer coach and worked at a soccer camp. She’s coached with Hoops for Hope, done food drives and helped clean up the school. She also created and handed out ribbons for Suicide Awareness and helped collect toys for Miracle on State.