The Paw Editor and Sportscaster, Rome Kadi, Talks About Chasing His Dreams

What grade are you in?

I'm a senior.

When did you enter York Prep?

I entered York as a 6th grader in the fall of 2016.
Tell us about your experience entering York as a sixth-grader.
As a 6th grader, I had no idea where life would take me. I was just a kid living in New York City and just being myself. Now that I'm going to be a young man soon, I've really been more aware of the world around me ever since that fall of 2016 when I walked into the gym with my rolly bag.

What clubs/sports do you participate in?

I’m apart of two clubs: The Paw and Sports Management Club. The Paw is York’s official school newspaper that releases every semester. I’ve been a writer there since 6th grade and an editor since sophomore year. The Sports Management Club is a club where we don’t just talk about hot topics in sports, but we also talk about other areas of sports. For example, we like to talk about coaching strategies, the business side of sports, being an agent etc. Since I’m a senior now, I feel like these clubs can help me towards my goal of being a sports broadcaster.

What is your favorite part about being the Paw editor? Please share your experience working with the Paw.
It's given me a chance to see just how talented our student journalists are. I've been in the club as long as I've been a student at this school. It's really helped my writing skills translate to the next level.

Tell us about your interests and hobbies outside of school?

Outside of school, I play flag football on the weekends and love watching sports. I also like traveling and seeing new things in different cultures.
What has been your best memory here at York?

I’ve made a lot of memories here at York. But, I’m going to pick 3 of them. The first was Spirit Week last year. It felt like all five days had at least some fun things involved, which made it fun to come into the building each day. The second was last year’s prom. Even though I didn’t have a date, I still had lots of fun on the dance floor and chatting it up with some of my friends. My third one is this year’s prom. Even though it hasn’t happened yet, I already know it’s going to be one for the ages.

If you could give yourself advice as a student entering York, what would it be?

If I could give myself advice as an incoming York student, it would be to always chase your dreams and always be you.

If you have a dream that you want to go after, by all means do it. I believe that dreams do come true with hard work and dedication to your craft. 

When I first got to York in middle school, I had no idea where I wanted to go with my life and always tried to fit in with other people. As I’ve matured, I’ve realized that being who you are is more important than fitting in. Making your mark on your terms makes it easier to grab people’s attention and make them appreciate who you are.

A part of your advice is to "chase your dreams". What are your dreams that you would like to share?

My dream is to be a successful, well-paid sports broadcaster. I’ve always wanted to be in sports since I was little, and talking about sports is probably my favorite thing in the world to do, So, it all just comes together perfectly.

Tell us about your experience as the broadcaster of the Panther varsity basketball season.

Doing play-by-play for the Panthers boys varsity team last year was so much fun. Each gameday, I was looking forward to tip-off because I love what I do and I loved watching that team do their thing. In my opinion, last year’s team was the best in school history. So, to be a small part of that team was absolutely unbelievable and something I will never forget. This year, I will be back on the mic calling games so I can’t wait to do it all over again.

Some highlights of last year’s team that stuck out to me were, of course, winning the league and state championships in the same year. But, my favorite game to call from last year was when we played Fieldston. That game was the only close game they had at home all year, and it came down to the final shot. Even though York lost that game, I felt like I learned a lot about myself and my skills. When the pressure heats up, I try to match that energy because it is what’s going to keep people on the edge of their seats.

Since I can’t look up the opposing team’s roster beforehand, a lot of my prep work comes on gameday. While both teams are warming up, I go over to the opposing coach and ask him for the roster. Once I get it, I write it down on a seperate sheet of paper. After I do that, I write down a “script” if you will for a mini-pre game show. In that “script”, I like to preview the action along with important information either about the Panthers, player performance, or stats. And then, I do the mini pregame with about 4 minutes left in warm-ups and then…..tip-off.

I like to have energy throughout the game because it’s important to me that the people at home get to feel my excitement so they can stay engaged until triple zeros hit the clock.