My name is Mark Anthony Yancey II and I am 16 years old. I currently attend Donald M. Payne Sr. School of Technology and I am a part of the class of 2023. In 2017, when I was entering the 7th grade, I joined the NJPAC M.A.N.Y program where I learned the glockenspiel, chimes and improved my skills in reading music. I also partook in American Sign Language for a year, Intramural soccer and football, played on my school’s basketball team and was part of NJPAC’s Hip Hop program. I received awards in basketball, academic achievement and music by the time I graduated 8th grade. For this last year, my focus outside of virtual school has been the “Band Together” and the “Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens” programs at NJPAC. I made the honor roll and received award certificates from school through the mail in the midst of this crazy year. Thank you for everything, especially nominating me for this award, it is truly an honor.