It’s graduation time again. A bittersweet time when we have to say goodbye to our seniors but know they will go on to do great things! For this week’s blog we sat down with two graduating seniors to hear what’s on their minds for next year and beyond!

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Name: Maanav Goyal

High School: Clarksburg High School

What's your plan for next year?: Attend New York University in order to receive a B.F.A. in Drama.

What's your favorite YAA memory?: That first rehearsal back in the Fall, and hearing the sound that was made. I never had the opportunity to work with such a talented and committed group of people, and that first sound we made in harmony really left me blown away.

What is something you learned from YAA that you will take with you?: YAA has been the closest in my experience to a professional opportunity. The level of professionalism and acumen that each individual is required to uphold while maintaining so much heart, character, and passion was something I've never seen before, and that level of discipline in balance with euphoria is something I'll always remember in anything I do in the future.


Name: William Carter

High School: Winston Churchill High School

What's your plan for next year?: I will be studying biology at Washington University in St. Louis!

What's your favorite YAA memory?: Performing Les Mis!

What is something you learned from YAA that you will take with you?: Responsibility. It was so different from school ensembles, where the teacher will push and push to get you to work. In YAA, you have to motivate yourself to be on top of it.