As a sophomore, Scott Lykins continues to expand a musical resume that earned an unusual nomination last March as Fine Arts Student of the Week -- as a ninth-grader at Franklin Junior High School.
Over the summer, he joined the Minnesota All-State Orchestra as one of eight cellists who successfully auditioned for the group. His admission marked the first time ever that a Brainerd freshman cellist made the all-state grade.
When school began this year, Lykins joined the Symphonic Band as a first section trumpet player.
A skilled piano player, Lykins also is rehearsing with Aana Bendson for a performance of J.S. Bach's "Double Harpsichord Concerto" at the Chamber Orchestra's March concert.
And now he's been nominated again for Fine Arts Student of the Week, as the orchestra's principal cellist.
Lykins' participation with the All-State Orchestra makes him one of the top eight cellists in the state, said Chamber Orchestra director Grant Wilcox in making the nomination.
In his spare time, Lykins performs at weddings and other gatherings as a member of a student-faculty string trio that includes Wilcox.
In May, Lykins will be the featured performer, playing a concerto for cello at the Chamber Orchestra's spring concert.
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 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 in the years ahead. He plans a career as a professional musician and director.
Kelli Knudsen, senior, Brainonian: "Kelli has shown great organizational skills in scheduling assignments and deadlines for her photography staff," the publication's faculty adviser says. "She is willing to put in the extra out-of-class time it takes to make this year's book the best it can be."
Katy Matich, junior, art: "Katy's work has caught the eye of her peers and her teacher," says her art instructor. "She has produced one quality drawing study after another, and her technical and inventive skills recently teamed up in a superior pen and ink piece."
Ken Sibbert, senior, creative writing: "Ken is a very dedicated writer, a master of description and fine-tuning, along with good writing skills," his writing teacher said.
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