Sibley Senior Spotlight: Adan Rodriguez
Sibley Senior Spotlight: Adan Rodriguez
Posted on 05/22/2015

The Senior Spotlight series features interviews with Sibley seniors who have shown a commitment to academic excellence and personal achievement. The series will highlight two seniors each week until graduation.

Adan Rodriguez
 Senior Adan Rodriguez

SIBLEY SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: ADAN RODRIGUEZ
Son of Maria Dora Pinedo of West St. Paul 

Entering high school with goals like going to college and being a starter on the football team, Adan Rodriguez has found that the most trusted method for reaching those goals has been a combination of drive and determination. In addition to achieving those original goals, Adan has also seen his persistence create new pathways for success during his four years at Henry Sibley.

As a four-year member of the Henry Sibley football team, Adan has seen his role grow to eclipse that original goal of simply starting for the Warriors. After an outstanding senior season, Adan was selected to the All-Metro East Conference team. He is planning to continue playing football in college.

“Adan is the poster child for hard work and dedication,” said Tom Orth, associate principal and co-head football coach at Henry Sibley. “On the football field, he has evolved from a part-time player as a junior into an all-conference performer as a senior.”

Eager for another challenge, Adan joined the Sibley track and field team this spring, competing in sprinting events, shot put, and the discus. He has seen consistent improvement throughout the season, especially in the discus.

Adan has also continued to develop as a student, working his way up to higher-level courses like Advanced Placement Physics and AP Statistics. Due to his consistent effort, both inside and out of the classroom, Adan has received multiple Student of the Month awards at Sibley and is an Academic Letter Award winner.

Adan entered his final weeks at Sibley with a 3.68 GPA, and plans to attend Hamline University next year. Though he is still undecided about his major, Adan is considering studying Exercise Sciences.

“I like to be active in general, and I feel like through exercise science I can help make a positive impact on people’s lives,” Adan said.

Adan previously attended Moreland Elementary School and Heritage Middle School.

District 197: How has Sibley prepared you to succeed after graduation?
Adan: Sibley has given me many things. I think the difficult courses have prepared me for the rigors of college, so my transition from high school to college should be smooth. 

Who is your favorite teacher or what is your favorite subject at Sibley?
Mr. (Corey) Prondzinski has probably been my biggest motivator at Sibley. He just keeps you focused on your goals and moving towards them. 

What’s a memory from your time at Sibley that will always stay with you?
Playing football on Friday nights with my friends and teammates.
 
What advice do you have for younger students about high school?
Have fun, do your homework, be yourself and give your best effort.

Read about other achievements by students in the class of 2015:

-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Catelin Do
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Mario Jimenez
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Georgia Meyer
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Kyle Gilberg
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jennifer Gravelle
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Michelle Friedmann
-Sibley Senior Spotlight: Jeyca Maldonado-Medina
-Kania Johnson named Henry Sibley's 2015 Athena Award Winner
-Menssen, Wilton, Rocke and Krisko recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program
-Eighty-four Sibley students earn AP Scholar honors 
-Courtney Dean named Naitonal Achievement Scholarship semifinalist
-Meet the School Board's new Student Representative, Adrian Rocke