Rino Hamanishi

1. What has been your favorite memory at AES?

So incredibly hard to choose, but I would say the Minicourse in 9th and 10th grade are some of the most fun times I've had at AES. All the adventures and getting to experience the beautiful nature of India with new friends I made along the way were truly unforgettable. Even the unfortunate things that happened at the trips – like almost drowning by being stuck under the raft in the Ganges or coming back to the tent and seeing the aftermath of monkeys tearing apart all the snacks we brought (they tore each of the wrappers of small candies and bit into them!) – it was all part of the unpredictable journey that I enjoyed at AES.

2. How has art at AES shaped you?

I've been drawing ever since I could hold crayons, but art at AES really changed how I approach art and the world. The last two years of IB Art were especially the times I've grown so much as a human because I got to explore what creating art means for myself and society. I had so much freedom and choices to nurture my creativity and become the person I am today!

3. What are you going to miss the most about AES?

I am going to miss the friendship the class of 2021 has. It was fun to have a close-knit community as a grade, with all the funny jokes and incidents we all laugh about. One grade would have hundreds of students in college, so this will be something unique that I will miss about AES.

4. If you had to create a survival kit for the IB/HS, what would you put in it?

A fully functioning laptop. This past year I've had to use a laptop with a broken web camera for months, and then my new loaner laptop had a broken microphone. Zoom on my phone was not easy.

5. Which teacher do you wish you could take to college with you and why?

I wish I could take Ms. Patterson so she can show me all the cool places she knows from when she went to the same university!

6. What is your favorite thing about doing art at AES?

I love how AES gives great support to the art department. I was able to ask for anything in my art class, even a huge closet! I loved the Venice trip, and when I was in middle school, I had the privilege to go to Vienna. These art trips were extremely inspiring, and they have influenced me into who I am today as an artist. I hope AES continues it!