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Brainerd High School senior Elizabeth Bonau played her saxophone Monday during S

Year: Senior.

Age: 17.

Art focus: Symphonic Band.

Adviser nomination: "Elizabeth is currently a section leader in the alto saxophone section of the Brainerd High School Symphonic Band and lead alto in the BHS Jazz Ensemble I. She has participated in Gustavus Honor Band, St. Olaf Music Camp and the Eugene Rousseau Saxophone Camp at Shell Lake. She is a wonderful leader and a fantastic player."

Why do you play the sax: "I've played the saxophone since sixth grade. I was going to either play the trombone or the saxophone. I ended up playing the sax because I heard it playing on the radio and I loved it. I like the sound of both instruments. My mother played the trombone and I wanted to play the sax because it is so versatile."

How has band made you a stronger person: "It teaches you that you have to be dedicated to be successful and you have to practice a lot ... I really enjoy music and I plan to go to college to major in music performance."

Best band memory: "Our band trip to Chicago two years ago. But really, everything from pep band to the little trips have been memorable. I've met so many friends."

Memorable fine arts achievement: "Playing Paul Creston's music at saxophone camp in front of Eugene Rousseau. I was really nervous to play for him considering he is one of the best saxophonist in the world. But I forced myself to do it and I'm really glad I did. It was a wonderful experience."

Artists most admired: "Eugene Rousseau was the first to inspire me to go to college for music. I've learned a lot from him. Mr. (Chris) Fogderud is fantastic. He's always upbeat and does so much for the music department. I really admire his dedication and hard work. I also admire Bradyn Watson - he is first alto in Symphonic Band and he plays a ton of other instruments. Overall, he is an amazing musician and is extremely talented. He has been the one who has pushed me to become the musician I am today. He's awesome."

Worst subject: "Anything with math."

Best movie: "To Save a Life."

Favorite TV series: "Fringe" or "SpongeBob."

Favorite book: "Life of Pi."

Song that relaxes you: Paul Creston's Sonata Movement No. 2.

Favorite song: "House of Mirrors" by Tenth Avenue North.

Parents: Michael and Connie Bruesch of Brainerd.

Honorable mentions: Jenna Lemieux, sophomore, orchestra: Orchestra director said, "Jenna's been a member of the Brainerd Chamber Orchestra for the past three years; her second year as principal second violin in the All-Conference Honors Orchestra and has two years leadership in the orchestra."

Brandon Tuil and Jenni Smolke, seniors, Fifth Street Journal: Newspaper adviser said, "Brandon and Jenni spend a great deal of time making issue No. 2 of the Fifth Street Journal look its best. Their work on our pizza restaurant center spread, along with their willingness to help in other areas, deserves applause."

- By Jennifer Stockinger,Staff Writer

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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