Pikesville Middle School, Grade 8
Yakov Drumm was born in Ottawa, Canada, and came to the United States with his family at the age of 3 ½. His parents are from France and lived in four countries prior to moving to the United States. Yakov speaks English and French, and he is quickly mastering the Spanish language as well. He excels in school, taking gifted and talented classes and regularly achieving honor roll status. His many interests include studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics and history. He also plays tenor saxophone and sings in the Grade 8 concert choir.
One of Yakov’s teachers commented that his questions are always deep and challenging, helping to elevate class conversations to higher levels. Outside of school, Yakov belongs to a leadership group at the Jewish Community Center where he develops his leadership skills through community engagement. Yakov loves mountain biking and playing basketball and football with his friends.
Next year, as he enters Pikesville High School, Yakov is looking forward to continuing the engineering program, Project Lead the Way, which he started in middle school, as well as joining the wind ensemble and jazz band. He is trying to convince his mother to let him join the football team next year, and his arguments are impressive. If he does not become an engineer, he seems well suited for law school!