Teen singer inspires others

February 20, 2009 1:49:01 PM PST
Julian Cook is an aspiring singer who is an inspiration to others. The high school senior has won top honors for his talent. But his teachers say singing is not the only thing that makes him stand out from the rest.

Meet Julian Cook, president of the Jones College Prep Student Council. He is an achiever who honors himself and his school.

The eighteen-year-old is a bass baritone. He recently won six major awards for his singing. In one of those contests for high school arts students he received a $3,000 thousand scholarship.

"At first I was very much so strict gospel music singer and I enjoyed that quite a bit but as time progressed I also started to see that there is spiritual classical music as well," said Cook.

The teenager has also been honored with a Presidential Scholar nomination. Only 23 in the nation are selected each year.

"He's the people's person, that's what I call him. He's made my choir members better people, he's made me a better teacher. He gives me something to look forward to everyday. He just radiates positiveness," said Gaye Klopack, Jones vocal teacher.

"He's one of the most unique young men I've met over the years. This is my 35th year in education and he has that perfect combination of talent and the hard work and the character to go with it to make it pay off," said Dr Joe Powers, Jones principal.

"I never expected to come this far. That's probably the greatest thing for me. I just feel privileged and blessed to have this honor," said Cook.