Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Scott Hendrickson and Nikea Randolph (It's about music, having a dream, and friendship.)

Class Gift — North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

Scott Hendrickson presents a class gift to Nikea Randolph

Nikea is not your average student, and she doesn’t attend your average school. She’s a senior at Wayne Early Middle College High School. When she graduates in May she’ll get two degrees – a high school diploma, and an associate’s degree.
But her dreams have always been bigger than that. Since elementary school, she’s set her sights on Juilliard – the world-renowned arts school in New York City.

So she practiced. A lot. She’d get up before school and practice for two hours. Then four more when she got home. She plays the piano, guitar, clarinet, drums, even the autoharp - whatever she can get her hands on. And she writes her own music, too.

Randolph: "Well, my mom and my dad, they played like random instruments, so my dad was in the band and he played like the cymbals or something and my mom played the accordion, which is totally random, but ..."

Nikea’s father is a press operator at Georgia Pacific - her mother works at a local high school. Nikea and her sister are the first generation in her family to go to college.
Not every store gets a fairy tale ending. This one doesn't end at Juilliard, but it's pretty good just as it is.

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