Central Valley fifth grader Rohan Sonakya had no idea what was in store when visitors came to his classroom. Selected by Central Valley Assistant Principal Michael Barone and 5th grade teacher Nikki Dubner for his creativity, inquisitive nature and work ethic, Rohan is the most recent subject of the M-W Spotlight!
Perhaps his fifth grade teacher, Nikki Dubner, describes him best:
“Rohan is an excellent student. He is very creative and extremely smart; he probably knows more about certain topics than I do. He’s intelligent with a great sense of humor and an inquisitive mind. He is also humble. He is going to go far!”
Rohan sat down for a few minutes to share more about his experiences at M-W.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about going to school in Monroe-Woodbury?
A: My favorite things are Green Club and EXPAND because we do lots of fun projects. In Green Club we made a worm farm to use in the school’s garden. We had to go outside and get the worms.
In EXPAND, we had to make an Independent Inquiry. (Follow up) Q: What’s an independent inquiry? A: You pick a topic and you have to make an entire project about it. EXPAND Night is the celebration when we all show our projects.
I’m still working on my project, “What would become of the Earth if we lost the moon?” (Follow up) Q: What WOULD happen? A: The Earth would wobble a lot and we would still have tides, but they would go toward the sun and the Earth would spin faster because of the tidal bulge.
Q: What makes Central Valley so great?
A: Central Valley is a really fun school because we do a lot of projects and there’s lots of stuff to do, like the kickball tournament. (Ms. Dubner proceeds to share what a BIG deal the kickball tournament is at CV and that the kids can’t wait!)
Q: How do you spend your time outside of school?
A: I make science videos for YouTube. Link for my YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/user/sonakyar/videos .I have business cards and everything! I try and do one a week, but lately I’ve been busy so haven’t been able to.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in middle school?
A: Having different teachers and moving around to different classes.
Q: Do you play any instruments?
A: I play tuba and the Indian drums. I’m also in chorus.
Q: What do you do on the weekends?
A: My friends and I mainly play games on our iPads or basketball outside.
Q: What are you going to do this summer?
A: I do martial arts every day after school and will be going to Martial Arts Camp this summer. This month I am going to be a black belt. I also might go to Indian camp and learn how to write Hindi.
Q: What’s your favorite subject?
A: Science 🙂
Congratulations, Rohan! Be on the lookout for the next M-W Spotlight!