Student of the Week May 18, 2009
Central High School valedictorian Monica Treto has some natural smarts, but her accomplishments stem from a lot of hard work.
Her 4.25 grade-point average placed her at the top of her 337-member class, yet she remains nervous about attending the University of Colorado at Boulder next fall as a first-generation college student.
Her parents share her nervousness and even suggested that she stay close to home and attend Mesa State College.
“They are scared. They are proud of me. They don’t want me to fail and come back home,” Treto said.
This summer Treto will move to Boulder to familiarize herself with the town and try to find a job.
Her teachers at Central High are confident Treto’s study habits will keep her on track at CU.
“I know the schoolwork won’t be a problem for her,” said John Sidanycz, her calculus teacher at Central. “She is where she is because she works hard.”
Sidanycz said Treto’s scores have kept her at the top of his classes, and he thinks she can accomplish whatever she puts her mind to.
Treto’s major will be biochemistry, which she hopes will be a good foundation for medical school. Her goal is to become a pediatrician.
“Helping other people is important to me, and I like kids, so I put two and two together,” she said.
Treto works hard out of the classroom as well. She is employed by Trader’s Coffee and Tea and spends about 20 hours per week in the shop.
“I like to always have something to do. I don’t like sitting around at home,” Treto said.