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"I am Middletown"--Gabriel Morales

Gabriel Morales

“I am Middletown”

Welcome to our long-time feature, which gives people in the Middletown school district a chance to meat and learn about the scholars in their community. We asked each scholar 10 questions, and the answers combined create a mini-profile about their lives. So what does “I am Middletown” mean? We cannot be defined by one or two words. Everything about all of us makes us unique, and that uniqueness makes us Middletown.

Meet Gabriel Morales, a Presidential Park Elementary School fifth-grader who is in the National Elementary Honor Society.

His hobbies: “Some of my hobbies are creating comics, reading books, building Legos and playing on the trampoline.”

Three places he wants to visit: “Hawaii, Florida and France. I want to see volcanos in Hawaii. My uncle lives in Florida and I would get to go to Universal Studios and Disney World. Finally, I would get to see the Eiffel Tower in France.”

On his bedroom walls: “Decorations my mom put there. There are also some pictures of me and my family. There are inspirational quotes saying, ‘Dream Big,’ ‘Love You to the Moon’ and ‘This is Us.’ Finally, there is a map of the United States.”

The last good book he read: “’Who Was Ben Franklin?’ I really like this book because it’s interesting to read about someone who’s influenced so many lives in American history.”

What he likes the most about himself: “That I am a good speaker. I like this about me because I can speak in public, I can express my opinions and I can inspire people.”

His three favorite movies: “’Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Lion King (2019 version.’

His proudest school moments: “I have two. One was getting inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society program, because it is a huge honor and my whole family was there. The other was when I participated in the Poetry Café when I was in third grade. It showed I am a good speaker and I got to share my poetry.”

His ideal meal: “Spaghetti, with rice and chicken, because my mom has fed me this ever since I was little and he spaghetti is amazing. So this food feels like it’s part of me.”

If he had $1 million: “I would donate it to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation, because my brother is autistic, and the American Breast Cancer Society because my mom is a breast cancer survivor. Then I would give some to schools, the poor and then some on myself.”

His favorite part of school: “Class discussion, because we get to see how other people think. We get to debate, and state reasons to support our claim.”

In 10 years he’ll be: “I believe I’ll be a teacher. When I was 4, I dreamt that I could follow into the footsteps of my mom, who is a former teacher. I already teach some of my classmates new things.”