In the choir room at Osseo High School, there's an undeniable liveliness. One big source of the joy comes from 17-year-old Darian Clark.
"He's such a joy to work with," said Osseo High School choir director Maggie Sabin. "He's the kindest person you've ever met. And he just has a joy about everything."
Not even crutches, due to a recent speed-skating injury, can halt the rhythm and energy flowing through Clark.
"Music is pretty much everything for me," said Clark.
Yet music is not the only arena where this three-sport athlete and near straight "A" student excels.
"I always push myself to do the best that I can," said Clark. "I took a couple of AP classes this year that I wasn't quite sure about, but I figured I would give myself a challenge."
In other words, Darian Clark has range.
"He can play just about anything," said Sabin. "He's played bass for one of our other choir pieces. He plays guitar. He's sung an Elvis solo."
Last fall, Clark released his first album titled, "Phase One." Clark's album features all original compositions he wrote, produced and recorded.
"I made a goal for myself that I wanted to get out there. I wanted to try and put myself out to a bigger audience, have more people know about me," said Clark.
With a real joy for learning music and a drive to create, there's no telling where the rhythm of music might take this standout student.
"It makes you feel so good just to be working with him," said Sabin.
Clark is interested in studying music business management. He's waiting to hear from the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University as well as Berklee College of Music in Boston.
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February 7, 2018