MATTHEW BOOZ, 10, son of David and...


MATTHEW BOOZ, 10, son of David and Barbara Booz of Scott Drive in Westminster.

School: Fifth-grader at William Winchester Elementary School.

Honored for: Matthew had one of the main roles in the fifth-grade musical, "In Quest of Columbus," last week. He played a cabin boy on one of Christopher Columbus' ships and sang a duet, "La Navidad," with another cabin boy.

Goals: To become either a math teacher or an author.

Comments: "I think it's a fun part," he said of the cabin boy role. He also has enjoyed his other musical activities, such as singing in the Carroll County Children's Choir, taking piano lessons and playing trombone in the school band.

"This is my first year [playing] trombone. When I was younger, I thought it would be neat to take piano. I started 1 1/2 years ago. My mom took piano for eight years. We play little duets. It sounds good when it's all put together."

In school plays and concerts, he said, students sing and play songs that teachers feel are appropriate for them. Personally, Matthew said, he prefers to play jazz.

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