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Student Spotlight: Karen Ordonez

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Karen Ordonez - Level 6  Student

Colorado Sports Leadership Academy

Karen Ordonez is a level 5 aged student who is performing at a Level 6 academic level. Her principal, Lindsay Lohmann raves about her. “Karen is a leader, respectful and kind to adults and classmates and is a perfect example for a student who values education and strives for academic success!”  Teacher Kada Willy writes, "What I admire most about Karen is that she is brave and relentless in her pursuit of learning! While she shares the same fear that many students hold of getting the wrong answer, she is able to push past her fear and ask questions, which is the bravest thing I think a middle-schooler can do."

Jenna Taylor states, “Karen is an incredible human being and student; I feel so lucky to get to be her teacher for all of middle school! Every day she strives to fully understand new concepts, dig deeper in her previous learning, dedicate time to her peers’ academic success, all while showing kindness and respect to every single person at CSLA. She truly is the GOAT.” 

Before attending CSLA, Karen attended FM Day and Metz for pre-school. Karen, we are so proud of your commitment to education, and we  look forward to seeing you reach your full potential, accelerating and thriving in our competency-based system!

Favorite Food: Spaghetti and meatballs

Favorite thing to do: Reading and listening to music

Best school memory:  My favorite memory was in 5th grade band class elective when I played a perfect note on the flute in class.  It made me feel like I could play the flute even better. After a while, I kept practicing developing more skills at it. Playing the flute is something I like to do.

Plan after graduation: I would like to go college,and I want to study journalism.  It is my dream to become an author some day. Writing fiction is the way I want to go.  

What am I listening to now?: Coldplay

If I could have a superpower, it would be: If I could have a super power it would be to make the world a better place.  I would like to end poverty and make sure everyone has a home to live in. It’s not fair that some people have to face hard times. Ending poverty is important, and we can do something about it.

What has Westminster Public Schools meant to you? It has made me feel part of the bigger community. It has been an excellent place where I could feel supported for my differences and my unique characteristics.

The teacher or coach who has inspired me the most: Ms. Taylor has inspired me the most. I don’t think it would be possible to go to a higher level academically if she didn’t inspire me to do that.