I can do anything, but eating bananas is not one of them

Han Gao

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Imagine your best friend in middle school runs off to a rival school. Now add the fact that you haven’t achieved any awards. And you hate bananas where everyone is buying them. That’s what Shuntaro Kawasaki `20 faces. So do almost all of us in the world. He says that he’s “Jealous he hasn’t achieved anything.” Shuntaro went to Horn Elementary, Northwest Junior High, and is a sophomore at West. To deal with how he faces some competitive pressure and how lots of people like bananas but he doesn’t.

Think of it as a red dot on a white shirt. To deal with it, Shuntaro turns to percussion (rarely though) , and he says it “relaxes his nerves”. He remembers one time when he had a banana and afterwards hated it for a while, reason being pasty texture, feels like glop in your mouth, and awful scent. Besides that, he also likes playing on his phone, traveling abroad (he’s been to Japan, The United Kingdom, Canada, and visited the US states of Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania plus Washington D.C) and relaxing at home eating alfajores(traditional cookies that are popular in Latin America)  He’s proud of being in percussion and really enjoys it. Shuntaro takes classes most people would typically take, like a foreign language honors course (Spanish III Honors), regular language arts (English 10), this elective class (Journalism), rather typical science, and a music course. In the future, he plans to go to a highly rated college like MIT or Northwestern University.

The main quote he abides by is “Anything is possible”. He thinks world peace is a big issue, and a majority of Americans fear World War III, which is a big issue for all of us today. World peace is possible as long as everyone cooperates and at least follows the guidelines but that’s hard with the rise of threats like North Korea, Islamic extremists in the Middle East, and disorder in big city “ghettos” in the US. To achieve world peace, he believes everyone should learn to judge people based on their whole behavior rather than on the actions of one or a few people.  For Shuntaro, he thinks no limits to anything but bananas. 

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