It's not very often that a new kid comes around the block during senior year of IB, so when one arrives it's a pretty big deal. Yuri Couto, formerly a student at Robinson High in Tampa, came to St. Petersburg when his family moved and will finish his IB study at St. Petersburg High. Couto, who speaks three languages — English, French and Portuguese — talked with tb-two* about his new home , and other interests.
Why did you transfer schools?
My parents always wanted to live close to the beach and water, and where I used to live, Brandon, was very far. We'd have to drive like an hour to go to the beach.
How is St. Pete High different from your old school?
Physically it is much more aesthetic, with its courtyards and Spanish architecture. Academically, it has cool options, like being able to choose between psych and history. At (Robinson), history was required. Being able to use cellphones during lunch is legit.
Have you gotten involved with clubs or activities?
I bowl for SPHS and I'm in band, and plan on pole vaulting for the school, so that names a few.
How do you like the people at your new school? Are they different?
They are in general more friendly and sociable. I can dig this crowd.
Now that you've moved to St. Pete, do you like it more than Tampa?
So much more, you can't even compare. But the only thing I liked better over there was the band that I had such a history with, and my old drum line that I miss. And of course the friends that I made over there that really can't be compared to friends from St. Pete.
What places do you like around town?
The PDQ on Fourth Street is the bomb, and also Tour de Pizza.
Time for some fun facts: Do you have any pets
Favorite music style or bands?
Geez, I listen to almost everything, from reggae to electro to rock. My favorite band is the Deluxe Band.
All right, final question: Did you drop the "thun thun thun?"
Of course not. I would never do such a thing.