When did you start playing the violin: “I started playing 10 years ago, I was 4. I don’t know why I wanted to play the violin. I remember asking my mom if I could play it and she said ‘no’ because she thought I wouldn’t stick with it. Then I asked her again and she said ‘OK.’
“It’s a special thing to know how to play the violin. It makes me feel great to play it. I also teach others how to play the violin. I have five students and one is an adult.”
How did you become concert master: “We (students) go through auditions and then the orchestra director chooses. It is a great opportunity and I feel thankful for being chosen.”
As concert master ... : “I have good leadership skills and the other students in orchestra will help me with being the concert master. I hope to grow the orchestra in its performance and have the performers be more confident. There is always ways to make things better.”
How often do you practice: “Two hours a day when I can.”
Favorite composer: Mozart.
Last movie you saw in the theater: “Now You See Me.”
Best TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Favorite author: Lynn Austin.
Favorite singer: Adelle.
Sports: Cross country and track.
Parents: Jana Austad and James Figliuzzi of Baxter.
Mollie Nusbaum, sophomore, Brainonian: “Mollie is doing a great job so far in yearbook. She is new to the yearbook this year, but works like an experienced veteran. She is motivated, on task, and doing a wonderful job this year.”
Elizabeth Rueger, senior, art: “Lizzy is a talented and creative student/artist with a strong work ethic. She is concerned with quality products and brings a positive attitude to the class environment which is contagious and appreciated.”
Emily Gorman, junior, Fifth Street Journal: “Emily works hard to come up with creative and entertaining story ideas, and she’s devoted to a quality final product. She’s a diligent student who shows pride in her work, and her enthusiasm, as well as her wonderful sense of humor, is contagious and much appreciated.”
— Complied by Jennifer Stockinger, staff writer.