“I’ve had two passions my entire life, and for college, I had to pick one, and that was engineering instead of music,” senior Celia Alexander said.
Alexander started playing violin in third grade and hasn’t stopped since. She’s concertmaster (the highest leadership position in orchestra other than a conductor) in the Statesmen String Ensemble at WGHS, as well as a member of other orchestras like the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and Missouri All-State Orchestra.
“Celia has been an integral member of the orchestra program during her time here at the WGHS. She has consistently set a great example of performance standards for current and future students to attain. She has especially been a great help to me serving as concertmaster. Celia has left an indefinite imprint on the WGHS Orchestra Department that will be remembered for years to come,” orchestra teacher Andrew Pulliam said over email.
Though Alexander will attend the University of Louisville to study engineering, she will still continue her music journey in a less time-consuming manner. Alexander will be a part of the Brown Fellows Program.
“While the fellowship is great in that it pays for school, the most exciting parts are the experiences that come with it. Fellows have a class mentor, make trips around Kentucky as part of the Kentucky Connection program, take a trip abroad, and get two fully funded summer enrichment projects their junior and senior years. Essentially, Brown Fellows get to personalize their college experience, which is something I’ve always wanted in my education,” Alexander said.
“I will still play music, but in terms of the level, like professional, I’ve found it really difficult to do both, for my sanity and mental health, so I ended up picking engineering because I love STEM, and I haven’t gotten the chance to explore that side of myself yet,” Alexander said.
Alexander appreciates what she’s gained from playing violin in high school.
“I’ve done so much music in high school, and I’ve made a lot of friends through that, but that took up so much time that I want to use college for my passion for science and creating things and helping people,” Alexander said.
In addition to playing violin, Alexander is co-vice president of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) club, was a camp counselor at Camp Wyman and teaches violin lessons to younger students.
This will be Lydia Urice’s third year on ECHO staff. She made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year. She was Podcast Editor for her first year on staff, and Junior Editor her second year.