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School: Auke Bay Elementary School.
Art of choice: Singing.
Experience: Four years.
Reason: "I chose Orca Singers because Auke Bay has a really good program. Also my music teacher Ann Boochever makes it fun."
All in the family: "My mom also plays the guitar and I like to listen. My mom also inspired me when she used to sing to me every night. My brother is also in Little Orcas."
Favorites: "I would say I have to like music the best because it just attracts me like a magnet. And my favorite artist is probably Kenny Chesney because he makes his voice just sound like an angel.
Future plans: "My future plans are to learn an instrument well and go to college. ... I will keep singing as long as I get good grades. The only reason I would give it up is if my other sports get in the way."
Activites: "I play other sports like soccer, baseball, and basketball. They are just tremendously fun."
His music teacher Anne Boochever says: "Ryan has been in our school chorus, Orca singers, since third grade. That means for three years he has come to school an hour early to sing one day a week. He now is a volunteer helper for our new 'Little Orcas' singing group for kindergarten, first and second-graders, so he comes early twice a week. He is very dependable and responsible and kind to the other students, plus he has a lovely singing voice. Ryan is successful because he always pays close attention to directions and is quick to jump in and help without being asked."
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.