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First Coast News Student of the Week: Lone Star Elementary Fifth Grade Student Yonas Bahare

8:42 AM, Sep 7, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Yonas Bahare is a fifth grader from Lone Star Elementary, but with goals like attending Harvard University and becoming a CEO of an architecture company, he's hardly your average elementary student.

Math teacher, Steve Wood, says he taught Yonas in third grade and now has him in class again. He says he knew Yonas was exceptional as soon as he met him.

"He was giving me answers that were probably 8th grade, 10th grade level," Wood says.

Yonas says he feels like most of his assignments are easy, "Every once in awhile I come across a challenge but all I need to do is work very hard and I can get it done."

But not everything is easy for Yonas. He says most of his extended family is in Ethiopia and he was diagnosed with diabetes as a young child.

However, he doesn't let that slow him down. Yonas has already earned near perfect scores on his FCAT and says he likes sharing his knowledge with his classmates.

"It's important for everyone to be smart and do well in school," he says. "Doing good in school can get you into a better college, and if you get into a better college, you'll learn how to do your job better, and it will make your work more popular. And when that happens you can make a lot of money, and who doesn't want a lot of money?"

Yonas also helps with his school's morning newscasts.

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