Louisville Magazine

NOV 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 61 Tell us about your endeavors. Sophie: "There are so many schools in Louisville with amazing art programs. I felt we could use that to make change in our community. We are collaborating and working over the year to make pieces to support a different Louisville-area charitable cause. This year it's St. Joseph's orphanage. We'll have an art auction on November 10. I'm finalizing the catalogue (of works) now." What kind of art do you like to make? Sophie: "I was experi- menting with different mediums over the years — watercolors, things like that. But I've found I don't really like color, to be honest. I find it very tricky to work with. I much more like the simplicity of monochromatic work with black and white. Recently, I've been trying lots of pen art and general ink work. I love it very much. I'll be contributing multiple works to the show." Nell: "I'm also a contributing artist in her charitable cause. I'm more of an engineering artist. I enjoy making machines, so I'm thinking of engraving coasters using a laser engraver. That bleeds into my thing: Obviously, we are very STEM-oriented (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)." Yes, look at your necklace. Nell: "I know. This is a magic square necklace. All of the corners — rows, vertical columns — add up to the same number: 33. Yes, one of my loves. I've decided to combine my passion for mathematics with another of my loves, computers. Coding and analyzing things with com- puters. I created the website Joy of Math Louisville, which is basically a forum website where children throughout Louisville can post questions that they have about homework or math concepts. We can respond with examples and provide steps of the process with whatever concept they're having trouble with." What's something you want to learn more about? Nell: "Our parents are Polish. We can speak Polish, just not grammatical- ly well. It's always a little embarrassing when your parents start mocking you for not getting the tenses correct. It's like, this language doesn't make sense at all!" Do you do most things together? Nell: "For the most part. We have separate musical interests. I've been playing piano for a long time. Sophie doesn't even know where middle C is on the piano." Sophie: "I do know where middle C is, I just don't like finding it. I'll sing." Sophie & Nell Rydzewski Both age 16, 11th grade, Sacred Heart Academy The twins both received perfect scores on the ACT and SAT exams. They co-founded their school's chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematical society. The power pair are on the academic team, student council and are dedicated tennis players and art supporters. How often do you all train? Armond: "Every day for three hours a day. We also do 600 sit-ups every day and 300 push-ups." Brial: "Sometimes we do extra on the weekends. We go to training around 5. The kids' class ends at 6:30 and the elite class ends at 7:30." Armond: "We'll leave at 9 o'clock or something like that. We're always the first people there and the last ones (to leave). We're really considering going pro and making this a living." Brial: "Yeah, it keeps people off the streets and from doing bad stuff." Armond: "It's really fun and I get to express my personality. It's like how you get your anger out or anything you feel. The first state championship I won, that's how I got this jacket. It was in Lexington. I was really excited. The first one I ever won was my first fight. A few days later I got the jacket and I was like, 'Whoa.'" What do you do before a match? Armond: "You just think: They're humans; they're not invincible." Brial: "You can't get distracted by all the lights." What's something on your bucket list? Armond: "I'd kind of like to have my name on a street sign." Brial & Armond Jackson Brial, age 13, eight grade; Armond, age 12, sixth grade Both at Thomas Jefferson Middle The brothers have been boxing since they were four of five. They've won their fair share of jackets, medals and boxing belts. They both agree that boxing is life.

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