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Teen rounding up talent for charity

June 07, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

BOONSBORO -- Katrina Bushko is an aspiring talent scout.

The 16-year-old Boonsboro High School senior is trying to find local performers by Oct. 2 to feature on a compact disc that she intends to sell for charity.

That charity will be named later this summer.

"That gives kids all summer to come up with (music) they can donate," Katrina said. "Right now, we're just getting volunteers. ... It's going to be all teen-based."

The project is being done in conjunction with the Washington County Association of Student Councils, an organization of which she is president.

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Katrina said she would like to use her interest in student government to pursue a degree in something related to political science.

"When I did some research, I found that Princeton University was a pretty good school," Katrina said. "I think that's where I would like to go."

In the meantime, she said she plans to continue hitting the books to maintain her 4.18 grade-point average and teach violin to earn a few dollars.

Katrina said a friend who was taking violin lessons talked her into learning to play the instrument. The friend gave it up after two years, but she stayed with it.

Her favorite piece to play is "Czardas," a gypsy dance piece written by Vittorio Monti.

Katrina said she once studied with Larry DeSantis, who played with the National Symphony Orchestra. DeSantis had to stop teaching after he developed problems with his hearing, she said.

Katrina focuses on studying classical music, and believed she was pretty good until she heard students playing from other parts of the state.

"I didn't stand a chance," she said.

Katrina said she charges a reasonable price to teach her students the fundamentals of playing the violin. That way, she said, they can advance to more expensive lessons from another instructor if they show interest.

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