Los Gatos Patch Whiz Kid of the Week—Thomas Culwell

All-around talented young man is also active in his faith community at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Thomas Culwell, age 12

School: seventh grader at


  • 7 consecutive quarters with a 4.0 GPA at Fisher
  • Enjoys playing the cello and piano
  • First baseman for the Los Gatos Little League Rangers
  • Swims with the Stingrays
  • Serves as an acolyte at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Los Gatos
  • Member of Boy Scout Troop 501; working toward rank of First Class
  • Volunteers for the Shining Stars Respite program at Calvary Church, Los Gatos
  • Loves to watch his Bay Area sports teams
  • Parents are John Culwell and Cathy Larson; younger sister, Mairin Culwell, is a fifth-grader at

Key to Awesomeness: 

Thomas is one of those kids who is truly worth getting to know well, says proud mother Cathy Larson.

He is funny, inquisitive, intelligent, loves to laugh and is one of the hardest working kids around, mom adds.

Between sports, scouts, church and school, he has a very busy schedule.

But you can be assured that he is giving you his best effort in everything he undertakes, mom says.

 “The key to awesomeness is to set your goals high and then always do your best,” says Thomas. “The harder you try, the more you will achieve!”

Shelley Smyers April 04, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Way to go, Thomas!! You ARE awesome!
The Rev. Laurence & Betty Larson April 04, 2012 at 06:53 PM
We are very proud of our truly awesome grandson, Thomas, and we only wish that we lived closer and could see him in action more often. Betty and Larry Larson, Moline, IL
Baraiha April 04, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I am pleased to be Thomas' History teacher at Fisher Middle School. He is truly an amazing young person and a great example to everyone who meets him.
James Filice April 04, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Way to go Thomas. I'm proud of you. Good man you are becoming. Jim Filice
Austin Donald April 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I have known Thomas since we were in the first grade together. He is a great friend and is absolutely deserving of the honor of "Whiz Kid." You set a awesome example for all of your peers. I'm proud to say you are my friend. Austin Donald


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