Pedro Villa-Forte’s head is in the clouds. He’s not lost. He’s just looking for birds. Meet the 16-year-old who co-founded the Ignatius Audubon Society, inspiring other future bird nerds.
Science Savvy. Villa-Forte says science is “everything that gets me going” because it helps him understand the world. Yet, Science Olympiad is where he found his competitive nature. “The best part is going to invitationals and competing.”
All About Birds. An invitational on ornithology, or the study of birds, inspired his new passion. “I started studying it and going outside to watch birds,” he says. “I live really close to Shaker Lakes so that is where I do most of my birding.”
Sing It Out. Choir is the way he expresses himself, but it's also an expression of brotherhood. “It’s all about the relationships and being there for each other.”
Community Spirit. Born in Brazil and raised in a house where Portuguese is spoken, Villa-Forte just earned his U.S. citizenship. “I’ve been here since I was 2, so I’ve always felt ‘American.’”
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