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Free State High student strives for high notes, heads to Nationals with viola

While most high school students enjoy the summer, soon-to-be junior Helena All enjoys keeping busy.

And maybe that’s her recipe to success, as the Free State High student just found out she’ll play at the 2017 All-National Honor ensemble. The National Association for Music Education will hold this year’s event at Disney World—which All’s excited about.

“I’ve been two times, I went when I was five, and I went when I was 10 and I was hoping I could go again when I was 15, but I’m 16, so it’s good,” she said.

If it sounds like Helena Al is a numbers gal, she is—and to her, numbers and music connect.

“It helps just counting when the meter changes and everything,” she said, “and I’m trying to get better at reading base and treble clef too, and so like being able to count up from the alto clef.”

6 News reached out to NAfME to find out the number of applicants and the number of selected students, but still awaits a response.

All practices the viola every day for at least 30 minutes.

“I hope to get up to an hour but it doesn’t happen every night just ‘cuz of homework and other activities,” she said.

And All’s activities over the summer seem to keep her just as busy as the school year.

She’s working on a production of Les Misérables at the Lawrence Arts Center, using a different instrument: her vocal cords.

“I really love singing, I’m not much of a dancer, but I love doing all the choreography that they have,” All said.

That alone takes 6 hours out of every day. Then All, who says she loves math and science, volunteers at the hospital, about 6 hours a week.

“It’s fun to see everybody around here doing their jobs and see what it would be like,” she said. “And also it feels really good to know that I’m helping other people.”

Then there’s her work with 4-H.

“Right now I’m preparing to get projects done for the fair,” All said, “which is in two weeks, so I’ve been knitting and sewing while I can.”

And maybe the hectic schedule is just preparation for that big Disney performance, as All will audition for Districts before she leaves—and then perform for that the weekend she returns.

But after All’s busy summer—that should be no sweat.

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