Major leader: A drum major for marching band. “Basically, it means you’re a mini band director.” Auditioned as a sophomore, trained as a junior and went to a weeklong training camp before taking up the baton this year. “That’s one thing I’ve always been good at – being a leader – and I’ve been into band since fifth grade. So it seemed like a good idea.”
Alive with the sound of…: Also in the show choir, honor choir, pep band, wind ensemble, jazz band and is the lead in the upcoming school musical “Oklahoma!” She plays Laurie. “Basically, anything musical we do here I’m involved with.”
And in her free time: Works at her older sister’s coffee shop. Also part of National Honor Society, with a 3.99 GPA, International Club and Link. Link is a new program started this year to help freshmen connect with school. “It’s really paid off. We’ve noticed the freshmen get more involved. And there’s way more school spirit than there used to be.”
On her wrist: Lance Armstrong’s yellow “Live Strong” bracelet and a similar purple bracelet with the word “Hope.” Wears it in honor of her best friend’s mom, who is being treated for cancer.
Hobbies: Going to Denny’s with her best friend and fellow drum major. Also loves going to the movies. Latest favorite is “Phantom of the Opera,” which she saw in theaters twice. All-time fav is “Dirty Dancing.”
Pets: Cat “Daisy” and lovebird “Aladdin.” “Aladdin” is alone after – well, his lovebird – “Jasmine” died. Dispels the notion that a lovebird dies of grief after losing mate. “Ours has been fine.”
Mentors: Music teacher Jill Sumpter and math teacher Bill Woolley. “At first when I started here I hated math. I was terrible.” Woolley’s class changed her outlook. And she just finished calculus.
Stage or Senate? Has auditioned to music programs at the University of Michigan, Western Washington University and University of Washington. So far, the home of the Wolverines is coming out on top though it didn’t accept her audition. Meanwhile, she is reading a book about Hillary Rodham Clinton, following up on a recent passion. “I’m kind of leaning more towards politics now.”
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