He’s more than a foot shorter than anyone else in the class, but Arun Jambulapati makes up for the height difference by raising his hand as high as possible when the teacher asks a question.
….His parents also are motivated, trying to find the best ways to stimulate and nurture Arun’s abilities. “It’s a blessing and a burden. We try our best,” says V. J.
In addition to his academic prowess, Arun plays piano, composing new versions of his favorite classical pieces. He is a tournament chess champion who has attended chess camps with grand master players.
V.J. says Arun probably could become a major chess player, but he hopes for more for his son. “We want him to have a broader world. It is a bigger world than chess alone.”
McGoff at Cordova Middle School is able to talk in more absolute terms. “I’ve taught school for 37 years. I’ve had talented students before, but Arun is the cherry on the banana split.”
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