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A Step Above: A Step Above – Malia Zinn

Coronado High School
Class of 2013

For many students, music is an essential part of any well rounded education, but for Coronado High School senior Malia Zinn, it’s a fundamental part of life in general. For this versatile and ambitious young woman, her world comes alive with artistic expression whenever she’s playing the French horn or mellophone. But music is far from the only thing Malia takes pride in accomplishing, extending her talent and strong work ethic into everything from academic clubs to volunteer work. Wherever her passions may lead her, she’s determined to succeed, and that’s what sets Malia Zinn – A Step Above.

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G.P.A.: 4.8


  • Water Ballerinas Synchronized Swimming A Team, 2005-09
  • Las Vegas Youth Orchestra Philharmonic, 2011-Present
  • Cougar Pride Marching Band, 2009-Present
  • CHS Wind Symphony, 2009-Present
  • CHS French Horn Section Leader, 2011-Present
  • CCSD Honor Band, 2011-13
  • Desert Winds Wind Ensemble, 2011-12
  • CHS Varsity Quiz, 2010-Present; Regional Champions, 2011-12
  • CHS Key Club, 2010-11
  • Girl Scouts, 2000-10

Awards/Community Service

  • National Merit Semifinalist, 2012
  • AP Scholar, 2012
  • CCSD Solo and Ensemble Regional Qualifier, 2011-12
  • Nevada All-State Orchestra, 2012; Nevada All-State Band, 2011
  • Nevada Prize Exam Honorable Mention, 2012
  • CHS Band, Best Concert Section, 2009-12; Best Marching Section, 2011-12
  • CHS Band Letter, 2009-12; Varsity Quiz Letter, 2010-13
  • Outstanding Brass Musician, 2010-11; Most Improved Musician, 2009-10
  • CHS Honor Roll, 2009-Present
  • Habitat for Humanity, 2012-Present
  • Iron Man Triathlon Volunteer, 2012
  • Paseo Verde Library Volunteer, 2009 & 2011

Accomplishments Most Proud Of: “I’m proud that I have done well in both music and academics. Being able to balance several activities that I am passionate about has been a useful skill. I feel thankful I don’t have to rely on one area of expertise to carry me through college.”

Malia Looks Up To: “I consider my section leader from my freshman year, Alicia, to be my role model. She represented everything I wanted to see in myself as a senior; she was an encouraging leader and impressive musician, yet still found time to balance band with academics and be a modest individual.”

Part of the Solution: “Teens are faced with so many tempting distractions in high school and college, including parties, drugs, and drinking. Ten years after graduating, none of these things will matter as we look back at our lives and careers. While these activities can be tempting, they have no payoff in the long term. I hope that other teens can be lucky enough to have role models their age, like I did, that can show the advantages of being productive with their time.”



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