I have been selected to be a part of the American Israeli Friendship League. This is an amazing program that sends students from America and Israel to each other's countries for a few weeks. The goal of the program is to teach one another about the other's culture. They want to fill the cultural divide that society has created between Israel and America. In preparation for the trip, the other nine students from my school and I learn about the rich history and culture of Israel and the Jewish people. We also work on fundraising as a group and individually. For this trip, I must raise $4,000. I have raised $1,000 in the last two months by working odd jobs such as babysitting, dog sitting, working at summer camps and cleaning houses. It would go a long way if you could donate as little as $25. It would also help if you could spread the word about this incredible opportunity. This is the most important event that I've been a part of so far in my young life and I can't do it alone. Not only is this a cultural experience, but I want to take the music from Israel and bring it back to Oklahoma. This is a chance for me to explore a different kind of music and a different way of life. This truly is a chance of a lifetime.
How was I chosen for this extraordinary experience?
I was recommended by a teacher along with 50+ other students who attend Harding Fine Arts Academy. Teachers chose students based on materity, academic success and my ability to be able to catch up on school work after missing 3 weeks of school. If we were interested, we continued onto the next steps until there were only 18 students competing. We took personality tests, participated in teamwork exercises all while the teachers took notes on how we interacted with others, did interviews with teachers, gave presentations and finally wrote an essay about why I would be a good representative of Harding Fine Arts Academy, Oklahoma, and America. Ten students were chosen through this process including an additional 2 alternates.
A Little About Me:
I will be a Sophomore at Harding Fine Arts Academy where I am the section leader for the cellos in the orchestra. I am passionate about music. I play accoustic/electric guitar, cello, ukulele, piano, banjo, bass, percussion, baby harp and kalimba. I also write and compose my own music as well as sing.
I have attended Rock Camp for Girls for the last three years where I've learned confidence and a love for performing.
I plan on attending college and ultimately becoming an orchestra teacher. I've been so inspired by my music teachers over the last few years that I've decided to pursue a career in music education. I'd also like to minor in religious studies which makes this opportunity even more influential towards my future.
I attended Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School where my love of the cello and orchestra was ignited. I attended Ridgeview Elementary PreK through 5th grade.
You can follow my original music and covers on my Instagram page at: kya.music
October 19, 2017
Israeli students arrive to Oklahoma City
October 26, 2017
American and Israeli students arrive in Washington, DC. Students will tour the area together as well as meet all of the other students from across the US and Israel that are participating in the program. Students will also visit New York City and Philadelphia.
November 1, 2017
Fly to Tel Aviv, Israel and will stay for two weeks. I will stay with my Israeli matched student's family. We will visit their school where we will make presentations about Oklahoma. We will also visit several historic sites including Jerusalem, The Dead Sea, The Valley of Elah, The Western Wall as well as the modern city of Tel Aviv.
November 16, 2017
Return to Oklahoma City.
For more information about the American Israel Friendship League click on the following link: AIFL
For more information about Harding Fine Arts Academy click on the following link: HFAA
If you would like to donate to the entire group from Harding Fine Arts Academy click on the following link: AIFL Group Donation
**If you donate $500 to the group by July 27, your name or business wil be printed as a sponsor on the group's t-shirts which will be worn all over the US and Israel.
Thank you so much for reading and considering a donation to help me travel to Israel.
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