Maintaining a scholarly standing of a 4.0 GPA, Wren Moriconi is a seventh grader at Jefferson Traditional Middle School. In addition to his impressive academic standing (maintaining a 4.0 GPA since fifth grade), Wren consistently engages in several co-curricular activities to satisfy his scholastic and exploratory curiosities. At this year’s Jefferson Middle School Science Fair, Wren received the second place designation(an experiment to determine whether temperatures or friction would impact the magnetic properties of a nail) of approximately 700 participants; was selected to participate in NDignite Connection, an enrichment program designed to identify high-achieving students who have the potential to attend highly selective colleges and universities across the country; wrote his way into the Teen Writing Conference at Saint Mary’s College – holding the title of one of the conference’s youngest participants; and is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
Alongside his pursuit of attending one of the nation’s premier institutions, Wren continues to pursue his interest in art through classes at the South Bend Museum of Art and The Pigeon and The Hen Pottery. Due to his artistic flair, one of Wren’s pottery pieces was displayed in the ‘Student (adult and youth) Exhibition' at the South Bend Museum of Art. Alongside his Beate Kuhn efforts, Wren recently discovered archery at Camp Tannadoonah. He participated in a local tournament in December, 2018, and placed third out of seven in the youth category after only three months of practice. He will be shooting his compound bow in the National Field Archery Association Indoor Nationals Tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, in March – his first national competition.
Somehow, Wren also manages to volunteer 25-30 hours (per semester) of his time at Pet Refuge, Inc.
Wren is ND TRiO’s first “Middle School” NDTRiO Spotlight.