Abelardo, 17, is in his second year of high school at the Complejo Educativo General Francisco Menéndez. He lives in El Espino with his mother, a homemaker, and younger sister. His father came to the U.S. six years ago and found work in a supermarket to support his family.
One of Abelardo’s most admirable characteristics is his love of animals. He diligently cares for his birds, cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and pigs.
Abelardo walks to school each morning, where classes begin at 7:30. He is currently studying Math, Language, English, Social Science, Life Skills, Seminar, Home-Ec, and Computing. School ends at 5 p.m., after which Abelardo generally goes to church. Once home, he does homework, watches TV, eats dinner with his family and is in bed by 9:30.
We asked Abelardo to answer a few questions to help you get to know him better. Below are his responses!
What are some of your professional aspirations?
My goal is to finish high school and go to college to study languages–English, French and Portuguese.
Tell us about your community service project.
My community service project is called Instilling Values in our Youth, and it’s important to me because through it, I can help kids and learn more about practicing good values.
What is your favorite music?
I like reggaeton because it’s happy-sounding and it helps me relax and de-stress. I like romantic rock because it’s really beautiful music and it expresses great emotion. Lastly, I like bachata because it’s happy music and I like to dance to it.
What is something surprising about you that only a few people know?
Something people don’t know about me would be that I am very sentimental when it comes to people and animals. I love and am amazed by animals and nature.