May 29, 201411:05 AMCity Beat
May Young Person of the Month
Isaac Hawkins, 18, Senior, Steelton-Highspire High School
What are your plans after high school?
To attend the Sunderman Conservatory of Music At Gettysburg College for a Degree in Music Education.
What career(s) are you thinking of pursuing?
I want to become a high school band director.
What are your interests (hobbies, extracurricular activities, etc.)?
Throughout my high school experience, I have involved myself in many different groups and organizations. These groups have spanned from music ensembles to serving on a religious council. I take pride in the fact that I have excelled in many of these organizations and have become a leader.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my first grade teacher Miss Emily Hand from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. The classroom environment that she created for me and my classmates is what has inspired me to become an educator myself.
“After you've done all the work and prepared as much as you can, what the hell, you might as well go out and have a good time.“ – Benny Goodman
How do you give back to the community?
I give back to the community through my youth group as well as through organizations such as Family Promise of the Harrisburg Capital Region.
Give us one word that best describes you.
What is the best part of your day?
The best part of my day is any part of the day that involves music. Anything from concert, marching or jazz band rehearsals to composing original music at CASA.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
I think the biggest challenge I have faced is the process of getting into district and region band. I auditioned for several years, with no success, and finally my senior year I got into both PMEA District VII band and PMEA Region V Band.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
I believe that my greatest accomplishment was successfully auditioning for these ensembles. When I got into districts, I was really excited by that. I thought that I had no chance at making it into regional band, but I did which was a great surprise.
If you could make a bucket list right now, what are the top five things you would put on it?
My Bucket list would be:
· Make a difference in the life of at least one child
· Learn every instrument I possibly can
· Have a large close knit family
· Travel all over the world
· Get my doctorate degree
If you could somehow send a message into the future, what advice would you give your 40-year-old self?
I would tell my 40-year-old-self to keep pushing for those items that are on my bucket list now if I have not already attained them. As we age too many people give up on their dreams, but if we don’t have dreams and goals we will never move forward in life.