Kenzo H., senior — Interview conducted by Angela Wang
Tuesday, March 21st, 2023, 11:05: We’re sitting in the corner outside the auditorium. Tegbir sits quietly in the corner as I click record. “Welcome, Kenzo.” The interview has begun…
Angela: Okay, the first question is, if you could only choose one song to play every time you walk into a room for the rest of your life, what song would it be?
Kenzo: What song would it be? I think I would choose an exciting song. I think I would choose “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” by Paul Simon because I really like that song. It's very positive and happy. Yeah, I like it a lot.
Angela: When did it come out?
Kenzo: Came out in the 1970s.
Angela: Paul Simon sounds like an older name.
Kenzo: Shut up Tegbir. No one asked your opinion.
Angela: Should I keep that on there?
Kenzo: Sure. All right.
Angela: The second question is what is something unique about you that your classmates might not know?
Kenzo: Ah, I really liked skiing. Yeah, I guess my classmates might now know that a bit. But yeah, I ski a lot, and it’s super fun.
Angela: Looking back at your experience at CPS, what is something you will never ever forget?
Kenzo: I will never forget playing ping pong for hours after school every day. Yeah, every day [when] I was a freshman, I played for hours with all my friends, and it was super fun. And yeah, that was an awesome experience.
Angela: Was that back when the ping pong table was like, underneath the gym stairs?
Kenzo: Yep. It was underneath the stairs. Yeah, Tegbir would break paddles on the regular, and Trent would sit behind the table like five feet behind the table and just pass it to you. Yeah, I don't know. There are so many good memories from that.
Angela: What are you looking forward to in the future?
Kenzo: I'm looking forward to college and I think yeah, I guess, college seems super fun to me. Just always being around your friends for a whole day, every day… I’m like looking forward to eating dinner with my friends and sleeping in the city. It seems super fun.
Angela: Okay. If you could say thank you to one room and CPS, which one would it be?
Kenzo: One room in CPS? I think maybe F3. It’s super nice. And there's a couch. I think it’s a meeting room now.
Angela: All right. The last question is what do you feel like you have accomplished?
Kenzo: (Sarcastically) Ah, I feel very accomplished as the fastest men's cross-country runner on the CPS team. And a fast ping-pong player in my friend group. So those are the two major accomplishments.
Awesome talking to you, Kenzo!