Marco Cornelio '19 to Attend UCLA
Marco Cornelio '19 to Attend UCLA

"Renaissance Man" Marco Cornelio is an excellent student and a standout trombonist in the jazz and symphonic bands. He loved playing volleyball at Serra, but this spring, he gave up his final season to try his luck at musical theatre. He danced, sang and played the part of Ricky the Bartender in The Wedding Singer.

Cornelio has been a student government officer all four years at Serra, and a freelance reporter the last two. His R&B hip hop album was even reviewed in the Friar. So what's next for this talented senior with so many interests? UCLA, where he hopes to major in biochemistry and take pre-med courses on his way becoming a physician.

"I have been interested in chemistry since I found a book of the periodic table in fifth grade," Cornelio said. "I was all in with chemistry until I took AP Bio last year with Dr. Mann. She really inspired me to add more life to my chemistry studies, so that's why I am planning to major in biochemistry."

Cornelio was attracted to UCLA's reputation, academic rigor, alumni network, medical program and abundance of activities.

"There are so many things to do at UCLA," he said. "I hope to stay involved with jazz, volleyball and maybe even musical theatre. I've been playing the trombone since I was 10, and I'll definitely be taking it with me to college."

Cornelio's younger brother, Marcus, will be a freshman at Serra in the fall. Cornelio advised his brother to take advantage of every opportunity.

"I tell him not to be afraid to step out of your comfort zone," Cornelio noted. "Taking risks was so important for me, and I hope he will do the same. My teachers were a critical part of my success. I was amazed by how supportive and encouraging they are. They look out for all students -- not just the ones in their classes. It's an amazing community and I couldn't be happier to be a Padre."