Local fifth grader is a budding inventor

Sees a future as an engineer

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Lenihan Intermediate School fifth grader Claire Bohan, pictured with teacher Julie Finch, loves math and science and considers one of her hobbies to be “inventing things.” She would like to be an engineer when she grows up.

Eleven-year-old Claire Bohan, a fifth grader at Lenihan Intermediate School, is the type of student that positively contributes to the academic experience.

“She’s a really good example of how to treat people,” said teacher Julie Finch. “She comes to class with a smile and ready to learn. She wants to be here. She gets all her homework done and works well with other kids.”

Claire is skilled in the creative arts, including drawing, plus she enjoys literature, math and science. She plays softball and basketball.

“Inventing things is a hobby,” the student said. “I like to build things at home using stuff around the house.”

She said her interest in math may have been inspired by her father, who is a math teacher at Marshalltown High School.


Claire not only can be counted on for her attentiveness, good attendance and completing her homework, but she also asks her teacher for harder assignments.

“She works at grade level and above, but she pushes herself to do more and asks for more homework,” Finch said. “She stays at something and doesn’t give up or get cranky like some kids do. She’s a joy to have in class.”

Finch said Claire personifies the school’s CATS (Marshalltown Bobcats) tenets: connected, accountable, tolerant and safe.

The fifth grader hopes to attend the University of Iowa someday, as she is a big Iowa Hawkeyes fan. When she grows up, she would like to be employed as an engineer.

“I want to be an engineer because I’ve always been creative,” Claire said.

“If you need a positive example, Claire is your person. She’s going to continue to do great things in Marshalltown,” Finch said.


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