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Puzzle Master Reveals his many sides
Jacqueline Boland ’14
What can you do in 16 seconds? If you’re Brent Arimoto ’14, you can solve an entire Rubik’s Cube. He also beatboxes like nobody’s business and can be found on the football field as a defensive lineman. Sound like a well-rounded “Renaissance” man? We think so
Brent started dedicating time to the Rubik’s cube in middle school after watching kids in his class master it. “At first I’d mix up the cube, they’d solve,” he said, “but the summer before SI I was bored and decided to buy a Rubik’s cube packet on how to solve it. After watching a LOT of Youtube videos, I figured it out.” Brent admitted his parents were the most shocked at his newfound talent as he continued taking on bigger challenges with new cubes of all different patterns and solving strategies. Boredom resulting in mastery is not new for him: “One time I got so bored in 6th grade I taught myself how to spin a pencil back and forth and around my fingers during a class.” Don’t worry folks, Brent is not disinterested in school. In fact, he’s looking forward to Ms. Denning’s Mythology class in the fall and all the freedom that senior year brings.
Brent Arimoto later added beatboxing to his list of talents. Freshmen year during orientation Brent remembers watching seniors John Antonio’11 and Nate Nuniez’11, perform. Brent had to give the unique music making technique a try. He admits to constantly practicing and perfecting his style in his room, “Which, according to my parents and sister, was incredibly annoying.” In his gratuitous nature, Brent gave a shout-out to Max Schaum ’14, a fellow baseball player and beatboxer, who encouraged Brent’s efforts to master the skill and also to Jaboy Mauia ’14, who “practically nagged me until I gave in” about auditioning for SI’s Acapella group.
If you want to hear Brent beatbox, rumor has it he’ll be performing in the talent show. If meeting a mind-blowing puzzle maniac is on your bucket list, I’d suggest finding Brent ASAP. Who knows, he might even share one of his Rubik’s cube secrets?
Brent flaunts a many sided cube.
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