To me the arts are much more than a way of expressing oneself, much more than a language or a tool of connecting others. Above all else, the arts are an essential way of life, and I have depended on various art forms as a way to build my character and transform myself. I have met many incredible people along the way: peers, teachers, directors, who have taught me valuable lessons about the world of music and life itself.” Matthew is a student at Martin County High School. He takes honors courses in preparation for college. He is a member of the International Thespian Honor Society, has won numerous best actor awards, and loves singing, acting, dancing. His goal is a career in the Performing Arts.