Each week, Rohnert Park Patch will feature a remarkable kid, teen, youth group, sports team, or even college student that amazes us with their achievement.
Doing one or two activities well can be a challenge for a lot of kids, but this weeks' Whiz Kid manages to do a whole lot more!
Patch Whiz Kid of the Week
Name/Age: Theo Kolybakos / 11
School: Attends Evergreen Elementary School.
Achievement: Theo is being recognized for not only being a great student at Evergreen, getting all 3s, but also is very well-rounded outside of school.
In school, Theo enjoys science and physical education the most. He also really enjoys writing because it gives him an opportunity for, "creative expression where I can make whatever I want happen."
His love of P.E. carries over into sports outside of school as well. Tae Kwon Do is something of a tradition for the Kolybakos kids and Theo diligently worked his way up the rankings to a Black Belt as well as winning 1st Place in his forms in a competition. But the martial arts have been put on the backburner for a while, as Theo has developed a love for the gridiron playing center for the local Rohnert Park Warriors.
In his free time he enjoys swimming and hanging out with friends or spending time with his family enjoying pit cookoffs.
Key to Awesomeness: Along with always having his homework done on time and being friendly and outgoing with the other students, Mrs. Harp noted that, "Theo has really great focus. If he is working in a group with other kids who aren't on task he understands that situation isn't good for him and can tune it out to focus on what he needs to do."
When he grows up: I would like to be a professional football player.
About Mrs. Harp: Carley Harp is in her eighth year as an educator, all with the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. She has taught classes, ranging from 4th to 9th grade — but has found her true passion with the 6th grade classes.
"There is more family contact and relationships are made with the students and parents and it is more enjoyable to teach more subjects," she said.
"The kids are still young enough that so many things are interesting to them and new. They have a great sense of humor and begin to really get it (life)."
Do you want to recommend someone who has an amazing achievement in the Rohnert Park community to be featured as a Patch Whiz Kid? Just send an email to the author with your nomination! We are looking for suggestions from the community for kids, youths, or groups (and more) that do amazing things.