SOW Ellen GAGLIONE January 05, 2009

Spreading her wings, Astronomy one of many options for talented Fruita senior

Student of the week, FMHS senior, Ellen Gaglione. ELLEN GAGLIONE’S high school resume includes the student senate, recycling club, key club, writing for the high school newspaper and her latest endeavor, organizing a charity dinner. Photo by DANIELLE STOMBERG/The Daily Sentinel

She may be Ellen the journalist.

Or Ellen the astronomer.

Or Ellen the animal-rights crusader.

The future has not laid out a single, clear path for Ellen Gaglione, but really, what high-school senior should have the rest of her life already set?

Gaglione’s future is bright, thanks to wide-ranging interests to which she dedicates herself passionately, and that’s all that matters.

“I am the example of the liberal arts student,” Gaglione said. “I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do.”

But the Fruita Monument High School senior has some workable schemes.

Gaglione’s high school resume includes the student senate, recycling club, key club, writing for the high school newspaper, The Catalyst, and her latest endeavor, organizing a charity dinner.

Richard Moore, a friend of the Gaglione family, said Ellen Gaglione organized the dinner “basically on her own” to help fund the construction of a new home for a family that cares for its severely disabled daughter.

“This family is living in a totally inadequate house,” Gaglione said. “I heard about this man that was building a new house for them that would be completely mortgage free.”

Gaglione and her mother organized a $5 spaghetti dinner in November at the high school, and raised about $6,000 that night in donations.

They ran out of spaghetti, she said, but the school cafeteria donated more food.

“It’s unbelievable what people were willing to give,” said Gaglione, adding that several people made in-kind donations of landscaping, painting and cabinet work for the house.

This year marks Gaglione’s first with the student newspaper because she “finally had the time” in her schedule.

The Catalyst is “completely student-run,” she said, and in addition to writing, Gaglione also organizes photos for her story, sells advertisements for the paper and is learning page layout.

“I love writing,” Gaglione said. “I’m more of an opinion, commentary writer, though.”

But Gaglione has a nose for news, having written a story on a high school couple at Fruita Monument High who is married with a child and is planning to graduate early.

She is working on a story on puppy mills and the pet stores in Fruita that allegedly support them.

Gaglione plans to attend Kenyon College in Ohio, which she said is known for its English department but also offers an astronomy major.

“I love astronomy,” she said. “I sort of like everything.”

GPA: 3.95

Parents: Sally and Lee

Preferred college: Kenyon College

Where she sees herself in 5 years: owning six dogs and hopefully living in Colorado

“I’d like to be doing something I couldn’t have possibly predicted,” she said.

Favorite music: anything Tim Kasher

Favorite TV show: CSI and House

Personal hero: her nanny from when her family lived in Cleveland

Why: “She is the most wonderful woman in the word,” she said.

I’m most proud of: my relationship with my family


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