I fell in love with music when 7 1/2 on my great grandmother’s piano and added clarinet in middle school. By high school, my piano and clarinet and I had grown up together. We made music when we came home from a long day at school, when we want to share with family and friends, when we hurt too much to speak. Music has shown me that communication is more than words and body language; it is a gift I can give to others, and the best way to say, I love you. Through music I have found solace, friendship, and myself.” Katie is a student at Jensen Beach High School. She is a member of the JBHS Symphonic, Jazz, and Marching Bands, the Treasure Coast Youth Symphony and Academy Orchestra, and the Indian River State College Honor Band. She has won numerous music awards and is a member of the National Honor Society.