Art focus: Choir: A Cappella Choir, Bards, Windfall and All-State Choir.
Adviser nomination: “Wyatt is a careful musician who takes every opportunity to participate and contribute. He is a leader of his peers, being focused and always prepared. His leadership in Bards helps his entire section.”
Other music activities: Brainerd High School Sinfonia Orchestra and private piano lessons.
What do you like about singing: “It’s so personal, it’s something inside of you. You can find a song to sing that fits any mood you are in. I’ve been singing since fourth grade, but I really got into it in seventh grade. I sing in the bass section.”
How do you lead your peers: “I’m more experienced and I sight read real well. I help them along. I try to sing out so they can hear me to help them with the notes.”
Your biggest strength: “Sight reading. I started learning how to sight read early and it has helped with pitches and how to sing. I’ve been playing piano for 12 years. Carolyn Nygard at Bridges of Harmony is my teacher.”
Hardest piano piece: “I’m working on it right now. It’s the first movement of Waldstein Sonata. It’s suppose to be ready for the spring recital, but not sure if it’ll be ready. It may have to wait until the spring recital of my senior year.”
Ever try out for a singing competition: “No, nothing like ‘American Idol.’ I’d like to one day to see what would happen.”
Artist most admired: “Brainerd High School junior Jenna Lemieux, who also plays the piano, violin and sings.”
Favorite song: “Feeling Good” by Michael Buble.
Favorite singer: Michael Buble,
Favorite movie: “The Pianist.”
Favorite TV series: “House.”
Favorite book: “The Power of Place,” by Harm de Blij.
Activities and clubs: “Knowledge Bowl and Spanish Club.
Parents: Jack Steinke of Brainerd and Sheri Steinke of Eden Prairie.
Honorable mentions: Brittney Dahlberg, seniors, art: The art adviser said, “Brittney is a delight to have in class. She has worked hard to master the potters’ wheel and is creating wonderful thrown pieces. Brittney always pays attention to detail and places a high emphasis on quality workmanship. She comes to class every day with a positive attitude, a smile on her face and a strong work ethic.”
— By Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer