I am a great candidate because I push myself harder than anyone else I know, and have the talents to foster it. My biggest goal in life is to be the youngest person to win the Tony Award for Best Score of a Musical. I am pushing for that goal right now by writing an original musical about childhood cancer. I am a leukemia survivor myself, and would love to use the musical to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research, and organ transplant research by giving a percentage of all ticket sales to those foundations. I started studying music before these goals, though. After watching all three of my brothers pursue different areas of music come high school, I loved it all and was constantly hungry to get my hands on every type of music I could manage, whether it was marching band, symphonic band, jazz band, choir, or musical theatre. Some performance highlights include making Principal Horn at my high school as a freshman, winning “Outstanding Jazz Musician” for both piano and voice at Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz Festival, and being selected for a featured quintet while at the 2018 NAfME All-National Honor Choir. Besides piano I have privately studied voice, horn, and dance for around five years. At heart, though, I am a composer. So far, I have written for wind symphony, brass quintet, mixed choir, barbershop quartet, string quartet, big-band jazz, musical theater, and even a simultaneous jazz piano/tap solo. This summer I was a composition major at the 2019 Interlochen Arts Camp where I studied under Dr. Andrew Martin Smith, Dr. Carrie Magin, Dr. Jennifer Jolley, and Dr. Amanda Harberg. My choral piece When All Are Singing was selected as the winner of the 2019 NAfME All-National Student Composers Competition, and I was recently commissioned by Kansas City’s “Voices of Resurrection” choir to write reimagined arrangements of church hymns.