BLUFFTON — Amanda Speicher, 18, is spending her senior year at Bluffton High School immersed in music.
A member of the National Honor Society, she plays the violin and hopes to pursue music in the fall at Indiana Wesleyan University.
“I’ve been playing since I was in the fifth grade and I want to do music education in college. I would like to be an orchestra director and eventually I would like to go to a school without an orchestra program and start one there for them,” she said.
Her teachers are impressed with Speicher.
“Amanda is a student who is detailed, organized, and driven to deeply understand what she is learning. For example, she has color-coded her notes and assignments to help her study more efficiently since her freshman year. She is an outstanding language student, taking four years of Latin and finishing at or near the top of the class each year,” said Bridgett Hoff, a Latin teacher at Bluffton High School.
“Amanda is also helpful not only to her peers but also to younger students in the elementary, which demonstrates her patience. She is one of the most musically talented seniors we have this year, playing her violin not only in our school orchestra but also in the Lima Area Youth Orchestra for three years,” said Hoff.
Speicher is thankful for her experience with the youth orchestra.
“I really like it. I like our conductor a lot, and it’s just fun to play more challenging music,” said Speicher.
“Amanda Speicher is a strong leader and violinist within our high school string orchestra. She currently helps with the beginning fourth-grade string orchestra as well as helping with the music enrichment classes for special learners. In the past, Amanda has been a buddy to our students during Music Enrichment Summer Camp for children with special needs,” said Rachael E. Lewis, orchestra director/music therapist at Bluffton schools.
“I’ve just always liked music and with the violin. I like that I can be the one making music,” said Speicher.
Speicher is also in the flag corps with the marching band and has done that all four years, serving as the captain her junior and senior year.
Speicher appreciates the size of Bluffton schools.
“I just like that it’s not a huge school. We kind of know everyone here. I like the teachers here. They’re all pretty nice,” she added.
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