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Grant Kendrick chosen for All-State Chorus

By Kay S. Pedrotti High school junior Grant Kendrick says he loses himself completely in whatever he is singing. That’s how much he loves music. Chosen from Lamar high choristers to take part in the All-State Chorus event Feb. 20-22 in Athens, Kendrick also will be part of this year’s Literary Competition. The chorus director for the high and middle schools, NaToya Fletcher, said Kendrick scored 95.7 on the All-State audition, ‘earning the presidential rank and a seal of distinction on his certificate.’ It is his second year in the high school Honors Chorus. ’He’s just an awesome person,’ Fletcher said. ‘I can depend on him to get things done when I need them. Grant is a fine person and a truly dedicated musician.’ Kendrick’s love of music will always be part of his life, he added, but future plans are ‘undecided between surgeon and lawyer.’ He’d like to attend the University of Georgia. He is a member of First United Methodist Church in Barnesville where he has sung in the choir for four years. The fledgling guitar player also has been singing with Griffin Choral Arts for two years. He’s its youngest male singer. His part is bass, he said; he started out young as a soprano and ‘cycled all through the other parts until I became a bass.’ Of the GCA experience, he said, ‘It was scary at first but now when I’m on stage I don’t know anything else is going on except what we’re singing. It’s so wonderful.’ Dr. Steve Mulder, who directs GCA, was his voice teacher for several years, Kendrick said. At the Literary Competition last year, Kendrick was the Men’s Solo representative from Lamar and one of the Men’s Quartet. This year’s quartet singers may also include Brennan Waller, Andy Price, Sam Wilson and Colby Brown. Academically, Kendrick is looking forward to finding out whether he earns one of the top five positions in his class. All his classes are honors or AP and he placed second in the Gordon State Academic competition. Math is his favorite subject other than music. A well-rounded fellow, he is in his third year on the tennis team, second on the varsity and said he ‘listens to classic rock-and-roll ‘“ I love the Allman Brothers.’ He said he gets along well with his younger sister Mason, 14: ‘I guess we’ve outgrown that sibling rivalry stuff.’ Kendrick is the son of Brad Kendrick and Missy Kendrick, director of the local Industrial Development Authority. She comments: ‘Just taking a look at all he has accomplished is amazing. We’re very proud of him.’

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