Sixth Grader Talks About His Time at Tesseract

Interview and Photo by Max Springfield

Q. How long have you been at Tesseract, and what do you like best about being a Tesseract student?

A. I’ve been here for eight years; eight of the greatest years of my life! My friends and teachers have always pushed me to be the best I can be. My teachers are always there to help me if I need it. For example, Mr. Mercer, my math teacher, will break down a problem and give a more thorough explanation to help me understand. And it’s not just him, all of my teachers help me in that way.

Q. What are some of your favorite Tesseract memories?

A. One of my favorite memories is the Invention Fair from 4th grade. We got to use our imaginations and build something that we wish actually existed in the world. My invention was “The Chef’s Magic Tool” which combined a spatula with a spoon, and had attachments for other cooking tools also.

Q. What would your friends be surprised to learn about you?

A. Something my friends would be surprised to know is that I’m part Costa Rican, part Mexican, and part Spanish.

Q. What do you like do in your free time outside of school?

A. In my free time I like to play soccer, read comic books, play video games and hangout with my awesome friends!

Q. What types of things do you do with your family?

A. My family loves to ride bikes together and go hiking. We go fishing too, sometimes with other family friends. We also took a trip to Costa Rica with another Tesseract family, which a really fun way to experience a different culture.

Q. What are your life’s ambitions?

A. For high school I would like to go to a school with a strong STEM program, because I am very interested in science and math. For college, I want to stay close to my family, but I definitely want to go to a school with a great astronomy program, because I would like to be an astronomer one day. Maybe NAU, because of the Lowell Observatory, or ASU.

Q. What are you looking forward to during the last two months of school?

A. I am really looking forward to our school trip to San Francisco. We are going to stay at YMCA camp and we will be doing “silent hikes”. This is where the guide sends us out one at a time for about five minutes each, so we can really experience nature without all of the noises and distractions we usually hear. We will also be visiting the redwood forest, which is amazing, and taking a tour of the murals in the city.

Diego Diaz is a sixth grader at Tesseract.

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