Bryan Collegiate student speaks six languages

Published: Apr. 22, 2017 at 10:51 PM CDT
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A Bryan ISD student has an impressive résumé at just 17-years-old.

Eduardo Pecina, Jr. has loved learning as long as he can remember and is successful at pretty much any subject he tackles.

"Well it all started when I was born. I guess because my mom has always really focused on our education," said Pecina, who is a senior at Bryan Collegiate High School.

The son of an immigrant family, he started mastering languages at an early age and is now fluent in six.

He got to practice one of them on a trip to China.

"So I can say, My name is Eduardo or Anda and I can speak English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Italian," he said.

Not only that, he enjoys volunteering his time teaching ESL courses.

"Well my mother; her English is her second language so she used to take ESL courses at the Bryan Adult Learning Center but then she noticed that they kind of needed more help," said Pecina.

"I feel that I'm actually the lucky one that got to teach him rather than me imparting any exciting knowledge," said Lori Nichols, who is a Science Teacher and National Honor Society Adviser.

Eduardo is President of NHS this year.

"He is respectful and kind to everyone. Eduardo is entirely capable in anything. I mean obviously he wants to go in STEM [Science Technology Engineering Mathematics] so I was fortunate enough to teach him in things that he is interested in but he excelled in everything," Nichols added.

He is also a computer expert and has designed a video game.

"A Finnish Fable Game. I don't know if you played it but I designed it, I made the art, music the dialogue," he said.

He had this advice for fellow students.

“I would tell them to listen to their parents because even though it seems like we know what’s going to happen. We know what we should do because we already know our life goals. We may be able to see short-term stuff. But our parents can kind of see into the future and they know what’s best for us," said Pecina.

Eduardo plans to attend Texas A&M this fall and major in Aerospace Engineering.

He's been accepted into their honors program.