New Soil By: Brandon Tate & Cameron Njuguna

Most people go their entire lives without ever leaving their home country, let alone living in another one. So imagine how rare it is having lived in three by the age of eight.

For one Jeffersonville High School student, that is his reality.

Sophomore Vadim Capacli has already lived in Russia and Turkey before finally settling in America, which he now calls home. Although he currently refers to America as his home, it wasn’t the easiest transition for him.

“I wanted to move here, but I thought it would be hard to make new friends,” Vadim said.

Making new friends was the biggest worry he had when shifting from Russia to America, especially with him not knowing english at the time. It was pretty intimidating for Capacli to knowingly have to move over 5,000 miles away from the place he grew up, to an entirely new country where he would be surrounded by new people with a completely different style of communication.

Fortunately some of his family was already established in the U.S., and it made the Capacli family more comfortable with making such a big step.

His father, George, was also in need of a job and thought America would be the best opportunity for his career. George’s career was a big factor in the family’s move.

Although a lot had to be left behind in Russia, Vadim took one thing that was important to him: soccer.

photo by Harrison Paul

Soccer has been a part of Vadim’s life since he was six years old. He had the opportunity to come off the bench for Varsity at Jeff High, bringing high intensity to every game. Eventually, his effort led him to become a starter in the team's future games.

photo by Harrison Paul
“Vadim has a very good work ethic when it comes to the sport. He gives 110% to everything he does and even if he is put in a position that he may not prefer, he tries his hardest, it was the little things that made Vadim deserving of his varsity spot this year.” said Coach Davis.

Coming from two polar opposite countries is bound to give somebody a new view of how different lifestyles are in other parts of the world.

“Living in different countries taught me to see different cultures and how different people live and talk,” Vadim said.

It took about a year for Vadim to grasp the English language. When he started school, he realized that people were considerate and accepting of him. There wasn’t judging, or bullying by anyone JHS. In fact, according to Vadim, a lot of people actually took a bigger interest in him because of his background.

“When I first met Vadim I thought it was really cool he had came from a different country” said longtime friend Jose Ramos.

However Vadim still gets homesick and misses Russia from time to time. Being that far away from his family can make it harder to keep in contact with them, but he says technology goes a long way in keeping in touch with them, despite being the only one in his family that hasn’t gone back to visit.

Fortunately, he and his family are planning on visiting Russia this summer.

“I'm really excited to revisit Russia so I can see all my old friends, it’ll be very nostalgic.” Capacli says.

Traveling at such a young age has been an eye-opener for Vadim, and he says he is very fortunate to live in the U.S. Traveling has contributed to Vadim having learned three languages: Russian, Turkish, and English.

Although he is very thankful for the life he and his family have built in America, he says that he wants to travel to other countries in the future in hopes to continue to learn more about cultures, and further his knowledge of the world.

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