Sam Kaplan, Santa Cruz
Grade you started at MMS:
What inspires you?
What is your favorite subject in school, and why?
That would be physics, it is creative and practical at the same time. It offers a different way of looking at the world.
If you had the power to change on thing in the world, what would it be?
I would want to make people feel like they have a duty to everyone else in the world. I would make giving and self-sacrifice not just a generous act, but a necessary act that was normal.
If you could anywhere, where would you go, and why?
To New York City, because I admire the efficiency of it and it seems like there is so much opportunity there.
Name one big challenge in your life right now:
Staying curious and engaged in physics while also putting so much energy into dance is a big challenge. It’s hard to be obsessed with two things.
What is your dream job and why?
Dancer; I love the way that it combines exercise, artistic expression, curiosity, hard work and intellect.
What are your three favorite things?
Good conversations, dancing and positive energy
“The Cartooning Introduction to Philosophy” by Kevin Cannon and Michael F. Patton. I have not found a book that breaks down such a complicated subject in such an easy to understand way. It is fun and thought-provoking.
What do you want to do after high school?
I want to go to college to study dance and possibly physics or environmental science.
Something that you are proud of – and why:
I’m proud of my own discipline. It has got me far in a short amount of time in dance, and it is giving me the freedom to pursue it as a career.
Something that makes you smile:
Joking around with my classmates
A favorite MMS memory – and describe why:
At the end of each winter concert, getting into a big circle and singing “wherever you rest your head tonight…” I remember feeling so much love in those moments.
The three most-played songs on your favorite playlist:
I’m not sure, I don’t listen to playlists often, but I love the songs: “One Day” by Matisyahu, “It’s a Wonderful Life” by Benjamin Clementine and “Ne Me Quitte Pas” by Nina Simone.