Seated across a desk at Hiawatha College Prep – Kingfield (HCP-K), Luke was collected and ready. He wore a quiet, attentive smile alluding to a maturity far beyond his years. Luke Anthony Frelix, age 13, is in 8th grade and already has his sights set on attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities’ Mechanical Engineering program after he graduates from Hiawatha Collegiate High School in 2024.

Luke transferred to Hiawatha Academies only a year ago, and he quickly immersed himself in the school’s social and academic life. Every day after school, he heads to the main office at HCP-K to spend 15 minutes with the office staff and hug his favorite person, Laura the Office Manager, before he heads home to help his mother with her catering business or visit the gym to box.

Prior to joining Hiawatha, Luke was enrolled in an online public school. He didn’t feel challenged by the online classes, and he wanted more one-on-one time with teachers. He decided to transfer to Hiawatha upon the recommendation of his grandfather, who had heard about Hiawatha’s commitment to a college preparatory education.

“I’m enjoying Hiawatha a lot. I’ve met a lot of friends, and I transitioned in pretty quickly.”

Luke is highly focused and engaged, both off and on-campus, whether achieving his personal goals at his boxing gym or his academic goals at school. He was awarded Scholar of the Quarter and was selected for a coveted spot at Space Camp USA, thanks to generous support from Fish & Richardson. On Fridays, Luke stays after school to tutor his fellow scholars in math, ELA and social studies. “My main strength is math, and I guess I’m told my writing is great too,” said Luke, smiling.

Luke really enjoys his science class. He explains with excitement and great technical detail the idea for a simulator to predict tsunamis in the seas of Indonesia. His goal is to become a mechanical engineer and hopes to receive an education that fosters creativity and teaches him the skills he needs to be successful in college.