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■ Cameron Trott

Grade: Senior

Age: 17

Art focus: Wind Symphony, the new elite band at Brainerd High School (BHS)

Adviser nomination: “Cameron is principal flute in the BHS Wind Symphony, plays oboe in Symphonic Band and is the BHS Marching Band Drum Major. She is a sensitive musician with a great ear and a wonderful work ethic. She also is a member of Minnesota All-State Band.”

Artist most admired: Roma Duncan of the Minnesota Orchestra

Memorable fine arts achievement: “Being named to Minnesota All-State Band for 2012-13”

What does music mean to you: “It’s a way to express myself. I like to make music. It is indescribable to say what music means to me.”

Why did you choose the instruments you did: “I’ve played the flute since I was 11. I choose the flute because it was the instrument that I sounded best on. I started to play the oboe at the end of May because I wanted to be in a second band and they needed an oboe. It’s different than the flute, but I like the challenge.”

How often do you practice: “On a good night, two hours. It depends on how much homework I have. I practice for five hours on the weekends.”

Favorite scary/Halloween movie: “Twitches”

Favorite children’s cartoon: “Scooby Doo”

Favorite book: “The Kite Runner”

Favorite band: Switchfoot

Favorite song: “Losing by Tenth Avenue North”

Favorite candy bar: Twix

Clubs/activities you’re in: Softball, Jazz Ensemble II, Community Band at Central Lakes College and Brainerd Area Youth Campus Life

Parents: Brian and Sunday Trott of Ironton

Honorable mention: Lillian Rice, sophomore, Brainonian: “Lily has done a fantastic job in yearbook this year. She is very motivated and works diligently. She has taken on other tasks and helped others to complete their pages on time. Even though she is just a sophomore, she is already looking like an editor.”

— Compiled by Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer. Follow me on Twitter at

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