The next assignment was to learn about Pop Art and then make some kind of Pop Art. He made a polyhedron out of Starburst wrappers.
For every assignment we had, he tried to find some way to use it as an opportunity to make origami. It was totally independent study, too, since I have never been good at it.
About a week ago, somebody said to me, "Do you remember Jayson Merrill? He's written a book on origami. I saw it at the gift shop at the Air & Space Museum in DC." I have to say, I wasn't surprised, but it was neat to hear that something that was such a passion for a student has provided continued opportunities for achievement.