Ivonne, 18, Frontier STEM High School, 12th Grade

This week’s student of the week is Ivonne Fernandez, a senior at Frontier STEM High School.

Fernandez and her family live in the Historic Northeast community and she has been a Kansas City resident for most of her 16 years. 

During the school day, Fernandez said she enjoys going to class and chatting with her friends between classes. 

She’s also very active in school activities, running track and field and sitting on the school’s prom committee.

Fernandez has her sights set on college at Park University or Kansas State after high school and ultimately a career in either civil or industrial engineering. 

“If I go into civil engineering, I want to be able to fix the sewer system and fix the potholes in Kansas City,” she said.

According to Frontier STEM Assistant Principal Michelle LeFlore, Fernandez is an exceptional student and has come out of her shell recently. 

“When she came to STEM, she was shy, but she’s really turned it around,” LeFlore said. “She’s just overall a great student.”

Fernandez’s words of wisdom for other students in Kansas City? 

“Never give up, even if the circumstances look impossible, just look above that and keep going,” she said. “Focus on becoming a better person day by day. Stay in school and always look forward.” 

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