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Aerospace Academy Engineering Student Also Excels In The Arts
Aerospace Academy Engineering Student Also Excels In The Arts

Lakeland, FL -- Lyudmilla Fuentes, a Lakeland resident and ninth grader at Kathleen High’s Central Florida Aerospace Academy, won a first place award in a National Association of Teachers Of Singing (NATS) competition held in Bradenton.

NATS is Florida-based and considered the largest association of singing teachers in the world,  http://www.nats.org/.

The NATS competition in Bradenton included vocalists from the central and southwest Florida areas from all grade levels, the college level and adults. Lyudmilla won first place in the first year high school female solo category.

Her first place finish qualified her for a NATS regional competition in Texas. She was judged in Bradenton on two songs, one of which was an Italian aria from an opera.

Lyudmilla studies engineering at Kathleen High’s Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), a career academy of Kathleen High.

CFAA provides training, instruction and programs to students in grades nine through twelve in avionics, aerospace technology, engineering, piloting, computer-assisted design, avionics electronics and other avionics disciplines.

In addition to an adeptness in science, Lyudmilla is also an accomplished performing artist.

Along with her NATS award, she has been all-state and all-county in chorus and sung with Florida State University’s Honors Choral Ensemble summer program and Opera Theater of Lakeland.

Despite being born with only a thumb on her left hand, Lyudmilla is also an outstanding cellist. She has been part of the all-county orchestra and consistently received superior ratings in adjudicated solo strings assessments at the state level. She plays the cello with the aid of prosthesis.

Lyudmilla attended Lakeland’s Rochelle School Of The Arts before enrolling at CFAA.

In the summer of 2010, Lyudmilla attended Michigan’s prestigious Interlochen Center of the Arts where music students learn, create and perform with leading musicians and instructors.

Lyudmilla was of 27 students nationally to win a 2010 “Yes I Can Award” from the Virginia-based Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

The Yes I Can Award is for individuals overcoming disabilities accomplishing remarkable things. CEC is a national organization that is an advocacy and assistance group that helps disabled individuals.

Visit http://www.polk-fl.net/news/newsreleases/040710.htm to read more about Lyudmilla’s profile and her Yes I Can Award.

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