The article below is part of a series introducing students and their families to the prefects for the 2021 Great Books High School Summer Program. To read the series in full as it is published, visit the Summer Program Blog.


Gabe Kopp (’22)
Gabe Kopp (’22)

“I’m excited to meet all the new attendees and to share in their enthusiasm, and I’m really excited to work with the other prefects — we have a great crew!” exclaims Gabe Kopp (’22). This will be Gabe’s second summer as a prefect on the California High School Summer Program, and he’s certain to bring a spirit of fun and joy with him. Last summer, he played a character in the program’s mystery “Clue” event and performed some standup comedy at the open-mic night.

Originally from Medina, Minnesota, Gabe looks forward to hiking the Punch Bowl trails as well as getting to know the attendees. “My number-one piece of advice is to introduce yourself to as many people as you can as early as possible,” he advises students. “The Summer Program is all about seeing the school and forging new friendships. The time spent there passes quickly, so it’s good to start building those bonds as early as you can to make the most of the two weeks.”

After all, fellowship plays a major role in campus life at Thomas Aquinas College. In terms of the College’s Socratic Method in which students discuss readings with each other, more ground is made and more joy is derived when learning among friends.

When he’s not on the California campus, Gabe will be working hard at home with a landscaping company and enjoying days off with his family. He can also be found running the trails and riding his bike.