On January 1, 2020, Alexis "Lexii Alijai" Lynch passed away suddenly. This loss has been difficult on her family and friends, community, and the music industry worldwide. The 21-year old recording artist from St. Paul, Minnesota got her start at 16 when she landed a feature on Kehlani's Grammy nominated mixtape, You Should Be Here. Lexii was humble with a pure heart, and always spoke about becoming a Minnesota legend.
To continue the legacy she had begun to build in her city, we have joined forces with the Central Foundation (501(c)3) and Heiruspecs Scholarship to create a recording arts scholarship that will be awarded to promising young artists in the area that strive for continued artistic growth and success beyond high school and show a desire to contribute to their communities.
To further explain the inspiration behind the scholarship, here is part of a dedication from the recording arts teacher at Creative Arts:
"Lexii was, without question, one of the most driven, intelligent, talented artists I’ve known. As a reserved 15 year old student in my Audio Recording class, it was immediately clear that she was special. What was also clear was that she didn’t belong in the beginning level Audio class.
I pulled her out of that class and set her up in one of our studios for independent recording and production lessons. This way she could accelerate at her own pace, and focus on her music.
In addition to having an unshakable ferocious drive to make music, I was impressed by how quickly she picked up whatever I threw at her. She was hungry, determined, and an inspiration to everyone around her.
What I didn’t realize right away was that in the time she spent learning Pro Tools and recording, she was working on a full mixtape that she planned to release when she turned 16.
I was excited for her, and proud of her for using her time at Creative Arts and the recording space I‘d set up at the school, in such a productive way.
She was one of many students who made the difficult parts of teaching worth every minute, but she stood out because of how tangible her vision was.
Lexii was on such a clear trajectory - there was an excitement in the air to witness her very intentionally reaching for her dreams, with the determination to push herself to achieve them.
About a year ago she reached out to ask if she could call me, that she had some exciting news. She’d just gotten back from LA where she’d been surprised with a visit to meet with Dr Dre & his team at his studio. I was shocked and impressed, and of course happy for her, but also not surprised. She made that happen. I think we all believed that in time she could make anything happen. -- Booka B
More information about St. Paul Central High School Foundation:
The St. Paul Central HS Foundation was created by alumni to support current Central students. The Board is made up of alumni and parents who do all of the Foundation's work as volunteers. All funds go to Central students for scholarships to post-secondary institutions or the Principal's Fund. In 2015, 22 students received scholarships and dollars given to the Principal's fund supported extra-curricular activities for students who could not afford to do so.
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