FINE ARTS STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Ava Figliuzzi
Adviser nomination: "Ava is concert master of the Chamber Orchestra for 2014-15 and second violinist for the Minnesota All-State Orchestra. She is a strong leader and accomplished musician."...
Adviser nomination: "Ava is concert master of the Chamber Orchestra for 2014-15 and second violinist for the Minnesota All-State Orchestra. She is a strong leader and accomplished musician."
Memorable fine arts achievement: "Participating in Minnesota All-State this past August. We do another concert in February at Orchestra Hall."
How did you feel when you were selected: "This was my first time I could try out for Minnesota All-State. All the students get an excerpt that they have to play and then you get to choose something to play.
- Grade: Sophomore.
- Age: 15.
- Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) Chamber Orchestra.
"I played Vitali's 'Chaconne.' I didn't choose it. It was one of my teacher's favorite pieces. Cheryl Stewart, is my violin teacher in Minneapolis. The orchestra has close to 100 people and there is 40 violinists and I am the second violinist. I learned that I was selected from a letter they sent. I was really happy."
Why did you chose the violin: "I have been playing the violin since I was 4. I do not remember why I chose it. I asked my parents if i could play.
"I like to play it because it's always a challenge. I always feel like I can do better. It is also a great feeling when you work on a piece for so long and when it all comes together it is so beautiful.
"I've taken private lessons since eighth grade. I was taking lessons with Grant Wilcox here at the high school and he recommended I go down there. He wanted me to play at a higher level. I go down there every week on Saturday. It's tough, but it is part of my lifestyle. My mom and I go every week."
Favorite music to perform: "I don't like just one, a variety. I like it all."
Hardest piece: "The one I tried out on with the Minnesota All-State Orchestra. I practiced the same amount on it as I did with other pieces, a couple hours a day."
Hobbies: "I run cross-country and track. I run a lot with friends and we do a lot of the local races. I enjoy spending time with friends, we hang out and talk about what's going on at school."
Most excited thing you did this past summer: "Going to Minnesota All-State Orchestra."
Favorite TV show: "Grey's Anatomy."
Favorite book: "The Book Thief."
Favorite subject: "Science, I like concrete answers."
Favorite movie: "Titanic."
Favorite singer: Marina.
Clubs: Key Club.
Drink of choice: "Coffee, any kind of coffee black or flavored."
If you could change one thing what would it be: "I would be a good singer."
Parents: Jana Austad and James Figliuzzi of Baxter
Honorable Mention: Justin Warburton, senior, art: The student's adviser said, "Justin is doing an excellent job in Game Design. It involves very complex coding and he not only understands it, but is already showing mastery of it."