Kiyana Fernandez

Kiyana Fernandez

This summer, 10-year-old Kiyana Fernandez from Fisher’s Peak Elementary will join outstanding elementary school students from across the state to take part in a unique academic and career oriented development experience, the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM, taking place in Denver, Colo.

Kiyana has been a straight ‘A’ student since first grade. She was nominated by a teacher at Fisher’s Peak Elementary and has won numerous awards in math, language, spelling, writing and leadership as a role model for other students. She is also involved in cheerleading, roller skating and gymnastics. Kiyana attends the “Uprising” program at Skateland where she has also volunteered as a “Skateguard,” and is now an “Ambassador.” She also volunteers for the Somebody Care Project where she makes personal care bags for the homeless.

Kiyana said she hopes to become a financial lawyer someday.

“I’m excited and a little bit nervous,” said Kiyana of the opportunity. “It was fun to tell my best friend and my grand parents. They help me out a lot.”

Kiyana’s mother is Nicole Fernandez and her grandparents are Marty Martinez and Elaine Apodaca-Martinez.

Said grandfather Marty Martinez about Kiyana, “She has her mind set on the future. She’s a good student and pays attention. Her mother is very proud of her, there’s no doubt about that. And we’ve preached that to get a long in this world you need an education.”

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