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Scholastic Student Spotlight: South grad headed north for music education

Name: Benjamin Conte

School: South Forsyth High School

Grade: Graduated Class of 2017

GPA: 4.0

Classes: 11 AP classes; outstanding senior for English his senior year

Next steps: “I will be studying music education at Michigan State University this fall.”

In school: Band (concert band for four year and marching band for three years, where he served as drum major for two years); National Honor Society; Math Honor Society, Social Studies Honor Society; English Honor Society; Tri-M Music Honor Society

Out of school: Principal saxophonist in the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony for the past two years; studied at Brevard Summer Music Institute for six weeks last summer; soloed with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra earlier this year; member of the GEMA All-State Band for five years

Future goals: “I hope to develop a highly functioning music program that has a lasting, positive impact on its members and the surrounding community.”