Super Kid: Rebecca Rice, 17, Cascade High School senior

Trained fingers: Finished second in the state among high school oboe players this year after third-place showings as a sophomore and junior.

Work ethic: Practices the oboe roughly 90 minutes a day and piano for a half-hour to an hour a day. Will play piano with school’s jazz choir in Oregon later this month. Doesn’t mind putting in the time. “It’s just a routine thing like kids going to basketball practice. I practice my instruments every day.”

Different goals: Finds piano more relaxing because she plays the oboe more competitively.

On the go: Wednesdays are particularly full of music. Practices at school, then leaves for a half-hour piano lesson, followed by a one-hour oboe lesson before heading off to choir practice at church. “It’s my do-homework-in-the-car day.”

Father’s footsteps: Would like to be a high school band director some day; her father, Jim, is now the orchestra director at Inglemoor High School in the Northshore School District.

Voice, as well: Sings in church choir and recently performed the role of Leisl, the 16-year-old girl going on 17, in the Cascade High School version of “The Sound of Music.” “That was a lot of fun. I had never participated in anything like that.”

Leading the way: Was one of the school’s drum majors for the marching band, standing on the tall podium to guide her fellow musicians. “It was a big part of my life. It made me think how much I love to lead the band, which pushed me even more toward being a band director.”

Favorite music Christian music station Spirit 105.3 and Disney songs.

More on music Is member of the Cascade Youth Symphony.

Future plans: Will join older sister and a cousin at Central Washington University next fall, where she will study music education.

Academic mix: Schedule includes Washington state history, Spanish III, college-level Advanced Placement calculus, wind ensemble, college-level English and a class for her senior project.

Likes numbers: “Besides music, math is my favorite school subject. I like the logic behind it. Everything is logical and there is only one answer to the question.”

Spare time: Likes to travel with her family and the high school band. Trips have taken her to Disney World, Disneyland, Hawaii, England and Scotland.

Everett in the blood: Has gone to Everett schools since kindergarten, attending Emerson and Monroe elementary schools, Eisenhower Middle School and Cascade High School.

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