Not many can claim the distinction of being on a rowing team, taking on a heavy school workload, and participating in clay all at the same time, as well as being involved in an abundance of other intriguing activities.
Aaron Shapiro is a 14-year-old freshman who will be taking six classes with TPS this year: U.S. Government and Politics, German 2, Chemistry, Algebra 2, Bible Survey, and Modern History, Literature, and Composition. In addition to taking all these subjects, he decided to join clay in order to gain more experience in high school—experience that he will likely need, based on his intended professions. He aspires to study engineering and architecture in college or to spend a couple of years in the Navy.
An inhabitant of the redwood-surrounded town of Eureka in northern California, Aaron hails from a family of eight children, of which he is the youngest. He is a member of a rowing team, having raced in several regattas. He also took up cycling recently and frequently goes on long cycling trips. In addition, he used to play baseball as a center fielder, 2nd baseman, and pitcher. On top of all this, Aaron enjoys piano, billiards, and home architecture.
With regard to the more disagreeable subjects, Aaron conferred the abysmal title of “least favorite food” on ginger and other spicy foods. He also stated that if he had to choose between sprinkling a little hydrochloric acid on his hair or detonating a small amount of dynamite in his hand, he would choose the latter. His reason? Exploding dynamite is quick, whereas being burned by acid is a drawn-out process.
One of Aaron’s favorite Bible verses is Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (ESV) The other is Psalm 23:4, which confidently asserts, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (ESV)
I believe that Aaron will be a wonderful asset to clay. Keep an eye out for his Satire column in the Humor section this year!