Dylan Beck's high school career hit a high note last year when he was selected to sing in an American Choral Directors Association honor choir. One of the youngest vocalists to audition, the 17-year-old said receiving the news was music to his ears.
“When I made it, that was just so rewarding,” he said. “It was almost like, a sign ... this is what I'm meant to be doing."
The Bismarck Legacy High School senior, who's won numerous awards through his involvement in school choirs and community choirs, attributes his success to the “great” vocal instructors he's had over the years. Teaching music is what he aims to do.
“I know how much music has impacted my life, and how much my teachers have impacted my life,” he said. “If I can do that for a future kid someday, I'll be so happy.”
Beck, the son of Dennis and Jane, has been selected as the first Teen of the Week of the 2019-20 school year. Thirty-two high school seniors will be recognized with a Tribune write-up by spring, at which time a Teen of the Year will be selected from the weekly winners to receive a $5,000 scholarship sponsored by MDU Resources Group.
Legacy High School Counselor Melinda Thorton nominated Beck for the award, referring to the Bismarck native as an “exceptionally talented musician and scholar.”
“Dylan has impressed me with his confidence, intelligence and determination,” she wrote in a letter of recommendation. “He is a very positive role model who is an independent thinker, but is also very sensitive to others. I am continually impressed with his strong work ethic and positive attitude.”
Happiness is contagious, according to Beck, who also is involved in musical theater.
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“If you're happy, you have the possibility to make others around you happy,” he said. “It's not worth spending time being upset about something. It's important that you aren't ignoring your problems, but there comes a point -- like, is it worth it?"
You've taken several Advanced Placement classes and are a straight-A student. Who or what motivates you to succeed?
My parents taught me the importance of education and to always put your best foot forward and give 100% in everything. So throughout school, I've always tried to do my best.
In addition to going to school full time and performing, you work part time at Bed Bath and Beyond. Why is having a job important to you?
It's been really helpful for me … it teaches you life skills, like communication. Customer service has taught me the importance of being friendly in everything. You don't know everyone, you don't know their story, so it's just important to be nice at all times.
What is your great accomplishment, thus far?
I think high school is an accomplishment. Today, in this age, high school can be so hard with social media and people just feel the need, sometimes, to tear other people down. I think I'm proud of not specifically one accomplishment, but where I am right now. I know I have a lot more to learn, a lot more to grow.
When time allows, what do you like to do for fun?
I love volleyball. I wish we had more male volleyball opportunities in North Dakota and the Midwest, in general. I love spending quality time outside with family and friends. I like cooking and I love movies.