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FINE ARTS STUDENT OF THE WEEK: Catherine Kleindl

Catherine Kleindl Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) Wind Symphony. Adviser nomination: "Catie is the principal clarinet in our top performing ensemble. She is a member of the 2014-15 Minnesota Music Educators Associati...

Brainerd High School senior Catherine Kleindl plays her clarinet Friday during Symphonic Band. Kleindl was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week. Jennifer Stockinger
Brainerd High School senior Catherine Kleindl plays her clarinet Friday during Symphonic Band. Kleindl was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week. Jennifer Stockinger

Catherine Kleindl

Grade: Senior.

Age: 17.

Art focus: Brainerd High School (BHS) Wind Symphony.

Adviser nomination: "Catie is the principal clarinet in our top performing ensemble. She is a member of the 2014-15 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) All State Band. She is a fantastic musician and leader in the BHS band program. She is always full of energy and is an inspiration to those around her."

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Memorable fine arts achievement: Being named a member of the MMEA All State Band and last year was named Best in Site in the solo and ensemble contest.

Other fine arts activities: Ceramics.

Why the clarinet: "I've been playing the clarinet for 10 years. I started in second grade.

"I began playing the violin in first grade and I was terrible, so I stopped. I missed music so I decided I wanted to try all the instruments. I was the best at the clarinet, but I didn't want to play it at first because Squidward Tentacles uses a clarinet in 'SpongeBob.' I was like eww I don't want to play the clarinet, but I did and fell in love with it after a week."

Do you play any other instruments: "I play the oboe, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and the bassoon. I taught myself all the fingering on all of them.

"I love band and I own seven clarinets, one is a lamp. I also have two saxophones, an oboe, countless guitars and two pianos."

Most challenging piece: "The piece I did last year for solo and ensemble contest called "Concertino" by Carl Maria von Weber. I practiced it for close to a year. It's 10 minutes long."

Other interests: "Three years ago I competed in the Miss Brainerd Lakes pageant program. One year I was second runner-up and the next year I was first-runner up. I also was Miss City of the Lakes Outstanding Teen, based in Minneapolis. My platform was music education. I have seen music change people's lives. I volunteered at a band camp and it was amazing."

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A new passion: "I began running in April and I lost 60 pounds over the summer."

Favorite music to perform: "Mozart."

Favorite late night TV show: "Jimmy Fallon."

Favorite book: "To Kill a Mockingbird."

Favorite subjects: "History and chemistry."

Favorite movie: "Rent."

Favorite band: "Fall Out Boy. I got to meet them this past summer at the Minnesota State Fair."

Worst drink ever: "I don't drink pop."

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Favorite dessert: "Cheesecake."

Parents: Ann and Mike Kleindl of East Gull Lake.

Honorable Mention: Alex Toensing, freshman, Brainonian: "Alex is a dedicated student. She shows attention to detail, digital citizenship and is thorough with an excellent eye for design. Alex has flexibility and grace under pressure as well as being an excellent communicator."

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl .

Related Topics: BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOL
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