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Multi-Talented Whiz Kid Uses Technology to His Advantage

Aarin Strong, a fifth-grader at Woodland Elementary in Sandy Springs is featured.

Name: Aarin Strong

School: Woodland Elementary

Grade: Fifth Grade

Accomplishment: Fifth-grader Aarin Strong uses technology to his advantage, using the internet to learn new skills and even connect with old friends via Wii.

Key to Awesomeness: Aarin uses websites such as Khan Academy as his own private online tutor. “I like to learn new things and find out easy ways to do things,” he said. "This site teaches me everything and I should do well in all my subjects. I am also learning how to create talking animation using Python programming language.”

Math has become a favortie subject. Aarin has learned different formulas to arrive at his answers.

Music is another passion. Last year Aarin was a student at Ison Springs where he composed an original song that was chosen as the official school song. Aarin continues to write songs and hopes to learn to play the guitar and drums. “I am really good at Guitar Hero and Rock Band so I think I should be good at drums and guitar,” he said.

The Woodland student also enjoys sports, and playing basketball and soccer year round for Upward Bound Sports at North Atlanta Church of Christ.

"I am excited about being...at Woodland Elementary and I will miss my friends at Ison Springs but I can still play with them on Wii and online. I know It is going to take awhile to get use to it but I know I will be a great fifth grader," said Aarin.

erma ross August 26, 2011 at 03:55 AM
This was a very refreshing article. The news these days is usually not of a positive nature. This young man "Aarin", is a breath of fresh air! His achievements are outstanding...his confidence and openness to technology is what will make us a country of top performers. This was an excellent article America is loaded with homegrown talent!!!
Kathy Powell August 26, 2011 at 11:16 AM
It's so great to see so many comments! Sandy Springs Patch loves featuring great Sandy Springs kids & we're open to suggestions. Please recommend others like Aarin for us to highlight. http://sandysprings.patch.com/articles/seeking-whiz-kid-nominations
heavenly August 26, 2011 at 01:20 PM
I love to hear postive news about the youth! Keep up the good work Aarin Strong! Your community is proud of you!
Jamal Liverpool August 29, 2011 at 11:26 AM
This young man was a mentee in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta program. We love to hear great stories of success from our mentees. Great job Aarin! Keep up the good work. ~Mr. Jamal
Barbara Rossenberg May 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
How is Aarin Strong today? Is he graduating from the 5th grade? My organization is interesting in giving this young man a scholarship if he plans on attending college. Please keep us posted on his academic and intellectual accomplishments.

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