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January 2, 2014
Pursuing His Dreams
By Kevin Devlin

Andrew, 9, is the son of James and Stacey Menjin. He has two older sisters, Rachel and Emily, and a white and gray Shihtzu, named Pierce. He’s in the fourth grade at the Oliver Perry School, but next school year will attend the Boston Collegiate Charter School. He’s doing well in school. His favorite subject is science. His favorite color is orange and his favorite food is pizza from Olympic Pizza.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys video games and is admittedly a “technology person.” His favorite video games are the Minecraft games. He also enjoys reading, especially books written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. In the world of sports, Andrew played three seasons of hoop in the Gate of Heaven CYO Program and took karate for one year. He also played in the South Boston Youth Soccer League for four years.

“I like being active and running a lot,” said Andrew. “I enjoy kicking the ball around and getting a good workout.” 

As a third grader at the Perry, performers from “City Dance” visited the school looking for potential young talent, and Andrew was picked to be part of this initiative. He soon caught the dancing bug and is now taking dance lessons at the Boston Ballet. He’s been introduced to different types of dancing, including hip hop, Chinese, as well as African. 

Beginning in November and ending on December 29, Andrew was in fifteen performances of the Nutcracker, held by the famed Boston Ballet at the historic and legendary Boston Opera House. He was a Page, a castle guard and enjoyed every moment. When he was off-stage he could see the dancers performing, and realized that in addition to attending Harvard, he would pursue his dream of becoming an accomplished dancer.

“This was my first time on stage,” Andrew said. “Seeing the audience gave me a boost of excitement and I knew I wanted to continue being part of this. I know there aren’t that many opportunities to perform when you become a professional dancer. So…my plan is to go to Harvard and also dance.”

Andrew’s mom and dad are proud of their son. “We are very proud of Andrew,” said his mom. “Whatever he puts his mind to he seems to accomplish. He is a very caring, young boy who always thinks of others, and because he’s so caring…he has many friends.”



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