Unsung Hero: Jaja Pichaikul


Kamika “Jaja” Pichaikul is an eighteen year old senior in the Digital/Instrumental Music prime here at Carver Center. Most know her as studious and quiet, but she is also a true virtuoso. As a student in the DIM prime, she is musically inclined as a violin player, but she is simultaneously vocally talented as a singer. She has performed in multiple concerts and productions in the Carver Center theater. Her prime teacher, Mr. Bassett says that she is a “masterful violinist” who is “equally as comfortable composing works for string quartet as she is  composing EDM-influenced pop songs, where she writes her own lyrics and sings.”

Jaja is also a part of the Carver Center Golf team and has received regional recognition as Best in State. Her studious character is reflected in membership of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa or the National Social Studies Honor Society, and the Asian Awareness Club. Her academic excellence has also earned her a place in the top five percent of the class of 2022. 

Outside of school, Jaja loves spending time with her friend group and listening to Kpop. She also has an interest in Vtubers, or virtual YouTubers, who post as virtual avatars to entertain viewers. When asked, her friends described her as “cheery” and “helpful”, saying that she is always willing to lend a helping hand, which aligns with her career as a tutor at Kumon. 

For those who do not know Jaja, her character can be summed up in just a few words: determined, hard-working, and caring. However, Mr. Bassett put it best: “Jaja is always quick to share a kind word or bit of encouragement, and is just [a] wonderful student and human being all around!”