Music is not an academic discipline included on the SAT.
Still, Evans High School's STAR student, Christina Snider, said her experience in band positively affected her academics.
"Playing music requires practice and discipline," said the 17-year-old percussionist. "It's not something you can just pick up and start doing. You have to work at it, just like in school."
Her respect for music is what prompted Christina to select Evans High band director Reid Hall as her STAR teacher.
"Christina is a wonderful person, brilliant student and a great musician," the first-time STAR teacher selectee said. "For her to choose me is very humbling."
Hall said that Christina started playing for her as a freshman and was selected as an all-state performer during each year of her high-school career.
"She's one of the best students I've ever had," Hall said. "Whatever she decides to do in life, I know she's going to be great at it."
Christina, who scored 2220 on the SAT, said she doesn't expect to pursue a music career, but is undecided about what direction to take in life.
Though she expects to attend the University of Georgia in the fall, she said she doesn't know yet what she'll major in. However, she does want to keep playing.
"I'm going to try out for the Redcoat band and hopefully get a spot on the drum line," she said. "If the opportunities are there, I wouldn't mind playing in some other bands, like a concert band."
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