Scott Lykins is nearing the end of his freshman year, but he's already accumulated an impressive list of performance credits as a musician.
Consider this: Now in his second year with the Chamber Orchestra, Lykins emerged as leader of the cello section, soloing at the group's recent winter concert with Vivaldi's "Cello Concerto in A Minor."
For the second year in a row, Lykins has been named to the all-conference honors orchestra and will audition this weekend in the Twin Cities for a spot with the All-State Orchestra's cello section.
As a pianist, he will perform Mozart's "Piano Concerto" at the Chamber Orchestra's spring concert in May. As a trumpet player, Lykins anchors the brass section in the Franklin Junior High School band.
Art focus: music
Art activities: Chamber Orchestra, Franklin Junior High School Band (trumpet)
Favorite subjects: orchestra, statistics
Most memorable fine arts achievement: playing "Cello Concerto" at winter concert
Artist most admired: Brea Bergman, cellist and first teacher
Favorite movie: "Tommy Boy"
Favorite TV program: doesn't watch
Future plans: music
Parents: Roger and Judy Lykins of Nisswa
In his spare time, the Nisswa resident performs at weddings and other events as the cellist in a student-faculty string trio that includes his orchestral director Grant Wilcox.
Lykins has also shone as an academic, earning "student of the semester" honors at the high school earlier this year and advancing to the statewide Listening Contest a few weeks ago.
His success has resulted in his nomination as Fine Arts Student of the Week, although he divides his day between advanced placement statistics, biology and German at the high school and his regular courses at Franklin.
"Math and music kind of go together," he said this week in an interview. "Math helps with counting in music and everything has to be precise in mathematics and the same goes for music."
Lykins said he's had "a long-term interest in music," starting with piano lessons in first grade. He picked up the trumpet and string bass in sixth grade, switching later that year to the cello "because it has better parts than most other instruments in the orchestra."
He prefers the cello to his other instruments, he said, but plans to continue studying the trumpet and piano as he completes his high school education. College is still a few years away but Lykins said he is hoping for a career in music.
He's also a member of the high school's varsity swimming team and the junior varsity cross country team.
Andrew Doucette, senior, Symphonic Band: A member of the Symphonic Band for three years, he is trombone section leader and member of the Jazz Ensemble and Dixieland Band. He also is a soloist with the band.
Lisa Renneke, senior, Fifth Street Journal: She published three stories in the March 16 edition of the newspaper, after only six weeks of writing for the paper.
Katie Swanson, senior, Brainonian: As copy editor, she recently completed her fourth deadline without missing a story.
Carmen Cummings, eighth grade, speech: She has competed with the varsity speech team for two years in the humorous interpretation category. She recently placed third at a meet with 53 competitors.
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