Discus Award Winner
11th Grade, MD
I have been playing violin for 11 years, having auditioned successfully for the state and county orchestras since 7th grade. In 2010, I was co-concertmaster for the All-County Junior Honors Orchestra. In 2012, I had one of the highest scores in the All-State Senior Orchestra auditions and was nominated for the United States All Eastern 2012 Orchestra, a biennial orchestra consisting of the top students from along the eastern shore.
Since fourth grade, I have been successfully auditioning for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras(MCYO), performing with MCYO at Carnegie Hall and London as part of its touring orchestra. In school, I am a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and was co-concertmaster of the highest level Symphonic Orchestra in my sophomore year.
At Montgomery Blair High School in Maryland, I am a junior in the Math, Science, and Computer Science Magnet Program. I chose the Magnet Program because I enjoy engaging in challenges, asking questions, and finding solutions. Despite the rigorous coursework, I have always received the Principal's Award of Academic Excellence for my straight A grades.
In sophomore year, I took AP Computer Science and AP Government and Politics, on both of which I received 5s. This year, I am taking eight AP courses and have a weighted GPA of 4.82. Many of my classes carry the honors and "certificate of merit" qualifications. Thus, I have been accepted to the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society. My PSAT score is 233 out of 240; I scored 77 in reading, 76 in math, and 80 in writing
Giving back to the community is one of the most rewarding things that I do, having accumulated over 750 community service hours. Every summer, I volunteer as an assistant camp counselor at Camp Sonshine, a Christian camp for children from pre-K to fifth grade. Combining my passion for music with an earnest desire to service the community, I have volunteered at the National Philharmonic Summer String Institute as an assistant coach for the past two years. There, I coached the musicians in a chamber group and offered my musical expertise and advice. In school, I have volunteered as a mentor for over 100 hours for both the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society, teaching such subjects as Physics, Math, Chemistry, Biology and English.