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Senior story: Addison Aycock, Providence High

Addison is an award-winning saxophone player who ranked seventh in his senior class at Providence High, earning $480,000 in scholarship offers. After graduation, he plans to attend The University of Georgia as a saxophone major studying premed.

He started playing music at a young age and later found his instrument. He says picking up the saxophone was like that scene in Harry Potter when the wand chooses the wizard. At that moment it felt right. "You just know it." That's when the magic happened. With the coaching of his saxophone teacher, Dr. Ben Still, Addison found his passion in jazz entering competitions and winning. In 2020, he placed first in the Southern Division N.C. Music Teachers Association award for solo woodwinds.

Then, the pandemic hit, and Addison took up several hobbies to fill the time. Eventually, he discovered an interest in medicine and began taking EMT classes. He continued studying nights and weekends until he earned his EMT certification. 

Addison sees himself as a doctor in residency in 10 years, working to become a trauma surgeon. Recalling how it felt when he first stepped into an emergency room, he says, "I felt at home." 

When he looks back on his senior year, he uses three words: adventurous, transformative, crazy.

"One of the best things about my time at Providence High School has been having my teacher Dr. Krahn", says Addison about his mentor. "He took an interest in me and helped me explore my love for medicine. Every day I had a mentor to talk with, learn and grow.""

He is grateful for the many music mentors and teachers and also the support of his family. "I didn't have as much faith in myself as they did in me."

In the end, it's his faith. "God has always been with me through everything."

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