Highland teen Kessa Deardorff recently accepted Valparaiso University’s Vivace Scholarship for Music.
Deardorff, 18, is a soprano vocalist and will begin studies in vocal performance at Valparaiso University in August.
She was chosen after submitting a pre-screening audio clip and taking a Music Theory placement test.
“Singing gives me a confidence I can’t hold anywhere else in my life. It gives me an outlet for my emotions,” Deardorff said.
The daughter of Brian and Michele Deardorff, the teen recently graduated from Highland High School with a 3.5 grade point average and was involved in choir, drama and Japanese Club.
She hopes to use her degree to entertain guests at Disney World. “I want to perform at Walt Disney World in their stage productions during the day and work the shows such as Fantasmic at night,” she said.
“Since I was little, I have always had an unhealthy obsession with Disney. After I went to Disney with my choir in 2012, I realized that I finally found the perfect place for me.”
“I plan to brighten people’s day by bringing their favorite Disney characters to life,” she added.
When not performing, Deardorff enjoys reading and films.