Humans of RASG, similar to Humans of New York, is a verbal snapshot of the people who make up our high school. Each human is asked to speak about themselves at length, and their monologue is recorded and transcribed verbatim. In order to keep it real, nothing is omitted. This week, the Warrior Word interviewed Yosef Kopel (9th). Get to know Yosef as he discusses his advanced ability in math and his for the piano.
"Hi, my name is Yosef Kopel, a 14-year-old Ashkenazi Jew. I’m a freshman and I have been at the Hebrew Academy for nine years. In fifth grade I took a placement test and the teacher figured out I was ahead of my other classmates, so they told me to take FLVS [Florida Virtual High School]. I took pre-algebra in fifth grade which wasn't really that hard for me. Now I’m in ninth grade taking AP Pre-Calc with the tenth grade honors class. When the ninth grade has math, I get a free period, and when the ninth grade has Halacha, I have math. It's not that hard for me, and I have a 101% in math. I am taking two APs this year: AP Human Geography and AP Pre-Calc. AP Human Geo is definitely more challenging, but it's not a difficult course. I manage my time by going ahead of what the teacher is teaching. For example, in AP Human Geography, I will read a few modules ahead and pre-set the notes so I can manage my time better and just listen in class. And I try to stay ahead so when I go home I can just play the piano and football. I love the piano, but I am also learning new instruments like the guitar and drums."
Composed by: Adina Shagalov (9th) & Emilie Bensoussan (9th)