CAMDEN — Congratulations to Audrey Leavitt, chosen as the Camden Hills Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts Student of the Month for October.

At Camden Hills, Leavitt is a musical leader and team player. Her dedication and discipline both inside the classroom and during after school activities is exemplary. She is an inspired musician. Over the years music has played a substantial role in her life. She has developed skills playing multiple instruments, such as the flute, French horn, and piano, but her main interests lie in vocal performance.

Her musical journey started in third grade when she was asked to sing the national anthem at a community meeting at her previous school in St. George. When Leavitt got a positive response from that experience, she decided to continue on her musical adventure into high school. She has had numerous educators and mentors who have helped her get to where she is today, including Richard Walton, Susan Iltis, Beverly Pacheco, Kristin O’Neal, Nancy Rowe, and Kim Murphy.

While in high school, Leavitt has participated in many musical events. Throughout her high school career, she has performed the national anthem for several sports events, such as soccer and basketball games. Freshman year she took part in Chorale, Concert Band, and the school musical “Anything Goes.” By sophomore year, she had discovered that her musical interests lie more in the vocal performance aspect of the performing arts. She went on to become a member of Chamber Singers, the female a cappella group, Fortissima, and the musical “Mary Poppins,” where she played the role of the Bird Woman.

Audrey Leavitt played the Bird Woman in the Camden Hills production of “Mary Poppins.” Courtesy of Marti Stone Photography

Junior year was when Leavitt really began to grow both musically and personally. She made it a personal goal to serve as a musical leader and help others musically. She once again sang in Chamber Singers and was a part of the Spring musical, “The Theory of Relativity.” This year Leavitt is continuing her musical path by performing in Chamber Singers, co-leading Fortissima, and leading in the fall musical “Monty Python’s Spamalot School Edition.” In addition to all that she has also participated in District 3 and All State choirs throughout high school. She started her district 3 experience in sixth grade and has continued that adventure into high school. Once in high school, she was introduced to the All-State Festivals and has been engaged in the choir since sophomore year.

After high school Leavitt plans to go to college to become an elementary school teacher with a focus in music. She continues singing and performing in local musicals as opportunities present themselves. Her hope in the future is to encourage young people to engage in musical activities. A thought that she would like to share with younger peers is “I often say that the music wing is where I can be myself. While I know I can be myself anywhere in the school, it is the place that makes me feel most comfortable and happy. Many would say that I am a shy person, but when I start to sing I ‘come out of my shell’ and become a whole new person. The music program here at CHRHS really is amazing and it’s something that is easy to take for granted.”

Community members are invited to come see Leavitt and her peers in the fall production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot School Edition,” Nov. 5,6,12, and 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. For more information email StromTickets@gmail.com or order tickets online at Stromtix.com.