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Biography of a well-rounded student: Rami Bikdash

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Bikdash poses for a picture.  His friends and family support him and all of his extracurricular activities.

Bikdash poses for a picture. His friends and family support him and all of his extracurricular activities.

Bikdash poses for a picture. His friends and family support him and all of his extracurricular activities.

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Rami Bikdash is a junior at Northwest High, and many of his friends say he’s the smartest and most talented person they know. How does someone juggle their AP classes and participate in so many extracurricular activities? He says he owes most of it to his family.

Bikdash’s parents had a major influence on his life because they put him in so many different activities that require a lot of mental and physical skill. He was put in soccer and piano around the age of three and gymnastics around five years old. His parents pushed him to try as many things as possible to find out what he was interested in.

“They were who I look up to, and who I still look up to,” Bikdash said. “I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”

Bikdash was in gymnastics for 10 years before becoming more heavily involved in soccer and had to stop participating in gymnastics because of a wrist injury. Gymnastics taught him patience and gave him a strong foundation of discipline that he would learn how to build off of and apply to other things. Starting gymnastics at such a young age showed him the kind of pressure he would face when overcoming other obstacles later in life.

“I would have homework in the car and do it on the 30-minute ride to High Point Gymnastics Academy,” Bikdash said. “Gymnastics also taught me grace under pressure, because when you start competing, everyone is looking at you in that leotard and if you screw up everyone is watching, but you learn to deal with it and accept it as it comes.”

A way Bikdash handles stress is by getting out and exercising. He uses physical activity to channel all of the built-up energy he acquires while sitting in class or being still for long amounts of time.

“I had a couple AP classes last year and AP World was a lot of work with the textbook reading, but every time I would read, I would have to take a break to do some push-ups or sit-ups,” Bikdash said.

A common misconception that many people think when they talk to Bikdash is that he doesn’t work very hard because he handles stress so well. They see that he holds himself confidently and he is a very relaxed individual, so they assume he doesn’t put in much effort when it comes to schoolwork.

“I do put a lot of time and effort into a lot of my classes, and the difference between me and a lot of other students is that I know how to prioritize, and I know where I should focus my effort,” Bikdash said.

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