Sixth grader is a quiet leader

Always willing to lend a helping hand

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ
Ethan Etcher, 12, a sixth grader at Lenihan Intermediate School, not only excels academically, but has proven to be a leader in the classroom. He enjoys math, reading and art. Here, he completes ST Math, which is a computer program that allows students to solve visual math puzzles, with the difficulty increasing after every level completed.

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Ethan Etcher, 12, a sixth grader at Lenihan Intermediate School, not only excels academically, but has proven to be a leader in the classroom. He enjoys math, reading and art. Here, he completes ST Math, which is a computer program that allows students to solve visual math puzzles, with the difficulty increasing after every level completed.

Ethan Etcher, 12, a sixth grader at Lenihan Intermediate School, not only excels academically, but has proven to be a leader in the classroom.

“He has a ‘teacher mindset.’ I was impressed with him from the start of the school year,” said instructor Crystal Gassman. “He always works hard and pushes himself to do better than he did before.”

Ethan most enjoys math, reading and art. His favorite book genres are fantasy and mystery. He is a member of the school’s TOP (Teen Outreach Program), which builds leadership skills through projects and fundraising efforts.

“He has integrity and his kindness comes out in so many ways,” Gassman said. “He’s someone who helps the kids who don’t raise their hands for help, and the ones who don’t get attention from other classmates. He is soft-spoken, but he’s coming out as a leader.”

The sixth grader likes spending time completing ST Math, which is a computer program that allows students to solve visual math puzzles, with the difficulty increasing after every level completed.

When not in school, the student enjoys spending time outdoors and playing with his pets, in which his family has eight felines (one cat just had kittens) and two dogs.

“I like to play with my puppies and kitties,” he said.

Ethan is not sure what he wants to be when he grows up, but his teacher is certain he has a bright future ahead of him.

“I have complete confidence he will have a very successful school year,” Gassman said.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com