As the lone eighth grader at Marshalltown Christian School, Alexandrea Olinger has helped show the proper way to learn for the younger students.
"She's been a really great example to the other kids and is a great leader," said her teacher, Erica Taft.
Taft said one of the ways she has served as an example is always doing her best no matter what the subject.
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Alexandrea Olinger, 12, is an eighth grader at Marshalltown Christian School.
Olinger, 12, has a love of science and said she would done day like to become a veterinarian.
"I love animals," Olinger said.
Her mother, Wendy Beckman, is a special education teacher for Marshalltown schools and Alexandrea has also been willing to help in that field as she volunteers her time for others.