One of our Orchestra students, Alek Rodriquez, who is Junior in IT, was awarded Principal (1st chair) String Bass in the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic. The LV Youth Orchestra features the finest musical artists our District has to offer. This is Alek’s third year playing the bass. He started in Beginning Strings with me as a Freshman, and in one year, worked his way to Principal Bass in our Chamber Orchestra while he was a Sophomore. I am very proud of Alek—his perseverance, dedication, and hard work should serve as an inspiration to all our Orchestra artists.