Brendan Baig has quite the resume. He is the current Class of 2021 president. He is a National Honor Society member. He is a member of the Track and Field program. He founded S.A.V.E. (Students Advocating Vape Elimination) and participated in several organizations and clubs. In the fall of 2021, he will be attending the prestigious CALArts program, with the intention of majoring in film composition in order to compose music for films.
But, as we learn in this episode, the story behind Brendan’s resume is way more impactful than the words on the paper. He tells us about the moments during the transition from middle school to high school that changed his mindset, his experience as a foreign exchange student and host when he hadn't even studied the language, and how improving the skills of communication has opened the door for so many opportunities throughout high school. Brendan’s stories are a tale for ninth graders and all high school students as to what is possible when you have vision, develop key skills, and reach out for support along the way.
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Special thanks to Brendan for allowing us to his parts of his original composition “The March of the Hornets” during the beginning and end of this episode. This song is scheduled to be performed during the 2021 Baccalaureate celebration and will be featured during the 2021 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Open Track Competition session. For more of his original work, visit his YouTube Page.