Senior class president Robert Cushman studies hard during his free period. Photo: Aman Hashim

KN: Hi Robert! How are you?

RC: I’m doing well. How are you?

KN: Great, thanks. How has your role on Student Council gone so far?

RC: It’s been pretty great so far. We’ve had a great team and I’m really happy to have Paul Louis back as class VP. It’s been awesome to have his experience to help us.

KN: Why did you run for Student Council for this year?

RC: I decided to run because I didn’t really have any leadership positions and the best way to get experience like that is in a place where I can share my opinions for the school. I’ve spent a lot of time and energy on it and wanted to give back to the grade because they have been great to me so far.

KN: Cool. How long have you been at Pace?

RC: Nine years, since third grade.

KN: Whoa! How have you liked it thus far?

RC: Pace has been great. It’s obviously changed with the students and teachers but the core group of students has been pretty much similar. It’s been cool to see how people have changed over the years.

KN: Who has been your favorite teacher so far?

RC: I wouldn’t say I have a favorite, but the most influential teacher for me is the legendary Helen Smith.

KN: Why?

RC: She really directed me away from learning for the sake of the grade to learning for the sake of learning and being curious. So it’s been a great transition from learning for the grade to something I genuinely love.

KN: What’s been your favorite Pace memory?

RC: Ooh, thats tough. I’m probably going to go with water polo because every day is just so fun.

KN: Nice. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

RC: Whoa, these questions are tough. Probably bagels. Just a standard plain bagel.

KN: That’s good. If you could change one thing about Pace, what would it be?

RC: I would probably offer a wide variety of classes earlier in your high school years like Econ.

KN: What’s a song that describes your life?

RC: Hmm. I don’t know. We can come back to that.

KN: OK. What’s your go-to school day outfit?

RC: Long khaki pants and my pretty thin blue shirt because it keeps me cool but at the same time it’s just a collared shirt.

KN: What do you like to do on the weekends?

RC: Normally, if there isn’t a water polo game I’ll be hanging out with my friends or going places with my parents.

KN: That’s all I got. Thanks Robert, and good luck this year!

RC: Thanks, you too!


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