On the Mound

by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

For Tanner Kaiden, nothing beats being out on the baseball diamond pitching in an All-Star game. “I am most proud of the genuine San Diego Padres spring training team jersey that I was awarded when I was named MVP of the All-Star game I played in this past fall. Pitching in the All-Star game was so amazing and exciting,” revealed Tanner. To keep his pitching skills sharp when he’s not on the mound, Tanner practices his motion and form whenever possible, even while walking from room-to-room at home.

While baseball is a big part of Tanner’s life, he has many other interests, including math, science and robotics. As a fourth grader at Mission Estancia Elementary School, Tanner feels very lucky to be in a school community that encourages learning and kindness. “Our teachers are awesome. They have encouraged and inspired me to be a good student with high grades and good behavior,” said Tanner. He also enjoys the activities held on campus, such as the jog-a-thon and talent show, both of which he participated in with enthusiasm.

“I am most proud of the genuine San Diego Padres spring training team jersey I was awarded when I was named MVP of the All-Star game I played in this past fall. Pitching in the All-Star game was so amazing and exciting.”

Tanner is also a member of the Mission Estancia robotics team under Coaches Vivian Lee and Curtis Walz. The team builds robots out of Legos and participates in tournaments at Legoland in the First Lego League (FLL). “Most people think the main part of FLL is the robot, but actually the most important part of what we do is to work as a team, have fun and exemplify the spirit of friendly competition,” explained Tanner. He and his “Tech Wizards” teammates were fortunate enough to be mentored recently by the San Dieguito Academy robotics team. According to Tanner, learning from the high school students was a great and inspiring experience. And, the Tech Wizards won the 1st place Inspiration Award for Core Values in mid-February.

In addition to his hobbies, which also include snowboarding and playing basketball, Tanner loves hanging out with his family and friends. “I am the oldest of three kids. I have an eight-year-old brother, Cooper, and a six-year-old sister, Montgomery Claire. My parents encourage me to lead by example at home. They are my inspiration – I am so grateful to have parents who do so much for me,” related Tanner.

Looking to the future, Tanner is hoping to be either an engineer or a dermatologist. Or maybe even combine the two and invent a robot that helps discover or cure skin cancer before it can even be seen by the human eye. Regardless of the career path he chooses, one thing is certain: Tanner Kaiden is someone to watch!

Meet Tanner

Name: Tanner Kaiden (10)
School: Mission Estancia Elementary School
Grade: 4
Parents: David and Cynthia Kaiden
Siblings: Cooper Kaiden (8), Montgomery “Emmy” Claire Kaiden (6)
Local Favorites: My favorite place in 92009 is my home/neighborhood with my family and friends. My favorite activity is playing baseball and basketball at the local parks, like Stagecoach Park.