By Bailey Tower
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon eighth grader Calista Smith received the “When You Wish” Award when she went on the music trip to the Heritage Music Festival at Disneyland in March.
Band director Aimee Vining nominated her because Smith showed dedication, perseverance, and leadership. Smith had mixed emotions about this experience.
“Honestly I was both excited and nervous, I suppose you can say I was crying out of happiness,” said Smith.
While the musicians played at Fullerton college, Ms.Vining nominated Smith for the award by submitting a form to the judges. The judges were giving little hints to the audience about the winner was and he whole band was shouting out Smith’s name saying that she was being chosen.
“I had no idea it was me until they spoke that ‘she lives with constant back pain from surgery.’ After they stated that, the whole Cactus Canyon band was shouting it was me,” said Smith.
She was called on stage and publicly given this impressive award. This took her totally by surprise because there were thousands of kids wanting this award,
“Talking about it now seems kind of crazy; I still can’t believe I won an award like that,” said Smith.
At first Smith didn’t want to go on stage after a long day. “After a long day at Disneyland I really didn’t want to go on stage and accept an award,” said Smith.
Many people were congratulating her on her achievement, but Smith has stayed humble.
“There are many other deserving people out there,” said Smith.