The Arts have been a passion of mine since I was little, whether for painting, dance, singing, playing an instrument, or just listening to the beautiful symphonies. Music has gotten me through the toughest times. I specifically believe that without the Arts I would not be the kind of person I am today. I like to follow the quote by Emilie Zola: ‘I would rather die of passion than of boredom.’ This passion for me is playing the French Horn and taking part in and enjoying many of the Arts. I love to paint in my free time and create pieces of art during any type of mood I am in.” Shya is a student at Martin County High School. In college she will major in an as yet undesignated field and minor in the Arts.