Louisville Magazine

NOV 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 59 What's it like studying in Jordan? "The city is alive, in a way. Unlike here, where people are going to school and going home. There, there's always someone on the road selling something. I definitely recommend that you go. I went to an international school and it was honestly the best experience of my life. It was harder than I thought it was going to be, especially the sci- ences. I took advanced chemistry, advanced biology and advanced physics. It was a lot of work, but it definitely prepared me to come back and take a bunch of AP class- es. When I first got here, I was like, this is so easy!" Tell us about your bat project. "I was part of a collaboration between Indiana University Southeast and the University of Jordan. We were researching why archeological sites are important for biodiversity. They sent me a bunch of bat sounds and I had to identify them using their wavelengths and frequencies." Can you tell if they're stressed out or just eating? "If there are a lot of waves in one box (on the app) and it goes really high up, that means that they've found their prey, and they're going to hunt." What do you like to paint? "I painted this dragon with a bunch of fire coming out of it. A galaxy. A girl in the rain." Tala Maya Age 17, 12th grade, Kentucky Country Day Tala studied abroad in Jordan during ninth grade and goes back every year. She has participated in a research project in Jordan, studying bats. This past summer, she attended a summer program with the Center for Talented Youth and studied zoology. Tala volunteers with the Islamic School of Louisville and the Muslim Community Center. She also likes to paint. What was your sketch? "I did one with my friend and we had these thick accents. We were supposed to be Russian dudes. Like bodybuild- ers. On a plane. And it was so funny, because the whole time we were yelling at each other on the plane, because the bodybuilders were bumping up against each other (in their seats)." How do I become funny? "It's nat- ural. In the moment. I always think yelling is funny." What's the movie you're in about? "It's about these 12 kids that get picked to go into a library and write a report. You have to do all these cool puzzles and stuff. You go into different genres and stuff. It's real, and the books come to life. But then everything goes wrong. There are malfunctions and monsters." Do you have a favorite actor or actress? "I think Jennifer Lawrence is pretty cool. She's from Louisville, too. I really look up to her, because of Hunger Games." Angel Rivera Age 13, eighth grade, Noe Middle Angel started acting at age eight and quickly signed on with Heyman Talent in Louisville. Last year, he was selected to participate in a live sketch comedy performance for Nickelodeon, and he starred in the Nickelodeon movie Es- cape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library. He recently signed with an agency in LA.

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