SCRIPPS RANCH, Calif. — A Scripps Ranch high school student is getting ready for a trip of a lifetime to sing alongside celebrities in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
“I’m definitely nervous. It’s a bigger thing than I have taken on before,” said Margaret Pettit.
The 16-year-old soprano began hitting the high notes in elementary school.
A family friend from church who has since passed away, Bob Jasak, was the person who inspired her to sing.
“It was like he was giving me these lessons because he had a fatal cancer. It made me all the more motivated to prove that he was making the right choice by picking me out of everyone,” Margaret said.
A few months ago, she was chosen out of hundreds of students from around the country to participate in Camp Broadway, an organization that pairs talented youth with professionals in the music business.
On May 4, Pettit will perform alongside Queen Latifah and Alan Cumming.
“At first I thought my mom was just pulling my leg,” Margaret said.
Along with her singing coach, Morie Williams, Maggie is paying it forward by helping underprivileged kids learn to sing through the T3 Mentors organization.
“We want to especially reach out to kids that are high risk and keep them engaged,” said Williams.