Max Schmitz is a new sophomore from Washington, D.C. He lives in Davis and attended Davis High School for the first semester.
Q: Why did you move to California?
A: My dad works for Mars, Inc., and they have a research station set up at UC Davis. He is the chief science officer, and we moved out here so he could work with the university. They’re working on developing sustainable agriculture. A lot of the agriculture now is based on nitrogen fertilizer, which is harmful for the environment, so they’re trying to change that.
Q: Why did you switch to Country Day?
A: My mom told me about it, and she thought I’d have a better high-school experience here. I shadowed and I really liked it, so I switched.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I like to snowboard, downhill mountain bike, play football and travel.
Q: What’s the most interesting place you’ve traveled to?
A: Machu Picchu in Peru. We hiked up the Inca Trail all the way from Cuzco to Machu Picchu.
Q: How is SCDS different from your school in D.C.?
A: Here it’s a lot smaller and more laid-back. The athletics are more relaxed from what I’ve heard, and academic performance is more highly valued.