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Kendall Demarest

Plano Senior High School

Future Plans: Indiana University to pursue a career as a recording engineer for a movie studio

Terry Eder, Kendall’s AP Music Theory teacher wrote, “Kendall is one of the most outstanding students whom I have known at Plano Senior High School. Her work is definitely in the top 5% of the class. Her love of music is obvious, and she is totally dedicated to the realization of her dreams. I am certain that she will be successful in her future studies at the college level and will do whatever it takes to achieve her goals.”

View Kendall's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 12, 2011 on
AP Strategies Arts YouTube site.
Hear Kendall perform "Aria" by Eugene Bozza.


Nisha Lizana

Lovejoy High School

Future Plans: University of Texas, majoring in bio-medical engineering honors program with post grad plans for medical school specializing in the field of pediatrics

Her AP Music Theory teacher, Kimberley Hoyle wrote, “Nisha has become one of the most valuable members of our band program. This year I have had the pleasure of watching her in a different academic setting as her AP Music Theory Teacher. I now understand why she is at the top of her class. Nisha is a hard worker who sets high goals and manages to meet them."

View Nisha's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 12, 2011 on
AP Strategies Arts YouTube site.
Hear Nisha's work at


Julian Nguyen

Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts

Future Plans: Rice University, double major in electrical engineering and music

Kent Ellingson, his AP Music Theory teacher wrote, “Julian Nguyen is an outstanding student of violin and guitar at the Arts Magnet High School. Julian is an incredible young string performer. He was a member of the Texas All State Orchestra his sophomore and junior years. He has been a solo performer in many situations. This past summer he was selected as concertmaster of the Transylvania Symphony Orchestra at the Brevard, NC summer music institute. This past fall, Julian was selected as the winner of the Dallas Music Educator’s Association Concerto competition and performed his piece at the DISD All City concert.”

View Julian's scholarship award acceptance speech on April 12, 2011 on
AP Strategies Arts You Tube site.
Hear Julian's original composition written for BTWHSPVA graduation.


Sam Oliver

Richardson High School

Future Plans: Texas A&M University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering with a minor in Music.

Lindy Perez, his choir director wrote, “Sam leads his section, volunteering to sing any part required, and takes the initiative to help others and correct mistakes in a positive manner. When necessary, he asks thoughtful and insightful questions. Practicing tirelessly outside of class, Sam has worked to improve his already beautiful tonal quality, and to perfect his music reading skills. He is always prepared for solo and ensemble contests, and earns superior ratings on complex solos.”

View videos of Sam Oliver's scholarship award acceptance speech on
AP Strategies Arts YouTube site and RHS musical performance
"The Long and Winding Road" by the Beatles.


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