TAKE FIVE - Aki Kita, John Marshall senior

TAKE FIVE - Aki Kita, John Marshall senior teen beat p Q: Your nominator described you as "Rico Suave." How would you describe yourself?

A: Friendly, optimistic and really ambitious toward a goal. I feel pointed toward my goals. I listen to my parents, but they give me enough leeway to do what I want.

Q: You're in the Civic Music Concert Band. What movie best depicts band members? Explain.

A: There is this Japanese film called "The Quartet." In the film, they were trying to win a competition. When they were striving toward the competition, they were forced to play in rural areas, for country people, and they were forced to play in conditions they weren't used to. But they started finding out that they enjoyed playing for what it's worth. It's a really nice environment to play in when everybody likes to play.

Q: You play chess. Could you beat Deep Blue?


A: No. I can beat my brother, that's about it. I'm a pretty bad chess player.

Q: What's the secret to being a good listener, as you were described to be?

A: It's just more that you think of the other person more than you think of yourself. Sometimes people say I do it too often, like I take their feelings over mine. But I think it's important that you think about other people first before yourself.

Q: What's the funniest thing you've done lately?

A: I think most of my life is kind of a funny thing.

Q: What does it take to be your friend?

A: They would have to be honest, open and most of all, funny.

Q: What's the best thing about being you?


A: I think it's cool that I have two very different cultures (American and Japanese) that I am enriched in.

-- Andrea Faiad

Photo: Ken Klotzbach

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