Sixth grader is an advanced reader

Sees a future working in the technology industry

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Adrian Fernandez, 13, a sixth grader at Lenihan Intermediate School, achieved advanced proficiency in reading on the Iowa Assessments. He would like to work in the technology industry when he grows up.

Adrian Fernandez, 13, is a sixth grader at Lenihan Intermediate School who takes special care in completing his studies.

“Adrian is one of the hardest working students I have ever had,” said teacher Jennifer O’Neal. “He’s very detail-oriented and takes his time for best quality.”

The pupil said his favorite subjects in school are math and reading.

“I have always liked to read. My favorite books are science fiction and mystery,” he said.

Adrian is an ELL (English Language Learner), with his first language being Spanish. He recently achieved high marks in reading on the Iowa Assessments.

“He works with an ELL teacher for 30 minutes each day. His reading vocabulary is strong, and he has achieved so much,” O’Neal said.

In his spare time, Adrian likes to draw animals and play video games. He is the oldest of four children. He said he believes taking the time to also read at home has only strengthened his reading skills.

While he is uncertain as to what he would like to do as a career when he grows up, Adrian cited an interest in working in the technology industry.

“His ability to persevere and stay focused will allow him to accomplish anything he sets his mind to; he just really wants to learn and do well,” O’Neal said.