This year, clay is thrilled to have Nicholas Kaplan as our brand new Humor Columnist. Nicholas is fourteen years old and lives in Northern Virginia, not far outside of Washington D.C. He has one older sister, and loves spending time cycling, playing tennis, and hanging out with his friends. Nicholas also hopes to one day live in either Hogwarts, Camp Half Blood, or Zion National Park, but the likelihood of living in Zion National Park is pretty slim.
Although Nicholas has been with The Potter’s School for four years now, this is his first year writing with clay. He always wanted a creative outlet for his writing and stated, “I’ve wanted to work for clay for a while as a place to write creatively. I’ve waited until this year because I thought my skills as a writer needed improvement. My other problem is that I can never stick to writing a series. I quickly realized that the best fit for me was in the humor column. Long story short: I applied, and, well, here I am.”
Despite the fact that Nicholas doesn’t like the work of many comedians, some of his favorites include John Crist and Tim Hawkins. Nicholas is very passionate about his friends and is always looking to have a good time. Down the road, Nicholas would love to be a mechanical engineer doing research and development for a tech company, which might be difficult from the depths and trenches of Zion National Park.
Nicholas uses Philippians 2:6-11 as a reference in times of need. The verse reminds him that Jesus, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” He says that if money was no object, he would want to travel the world on service trips helping those in need. Nicholas has clearly been blessed with a servant’s heart and hopes to use his humor to lift those up around him.
Finally, Nicholas wants clay’s readers to know, “as a humor columnist, I will do my best to make my articles random, but sensible and funny, except when I use satire (I guess it will still be funny but, oh well). And I hope they enjoy the eccentric entries of Edward Edge.” clay is lucky to have such a passionate and gifted young man to hold their Humor Columnist position.