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Fulfilling a lifelong dream

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014

The Trakai Island Castle in Trakai is sometimes called “Little Mariënburg.” It’s located on an island and was one of the main strongholds in the prime days of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Although it was severely damaged in 17th century wars with Muscovy, the castle was beautifully restored in the 20th century and is now a popular tourist sight. Kaunas Castle in Kaunas is even older, but only a fourth of the original building remains. Construction of the stone castle was begun in the 14th Century by Kestutis (Grand Duke).

As a youngster, Zach Saenz always knew he would be singing and performing when he grew up. He recalls the moment at Creston’s Booster Days at the age of six, sneaking on stage and pretending to perform, feeling as if the stage was calling his name. Now years later, this past May, he had the opportunity to tour internationally with 46 other students from the Milliken University Choir to the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in northeastern Europe.

Saenz, a 2010 RTHS graduate, is a student at Milliken University in Decatur, which is a small private college heavily involved in performing arts. As a high school student, Saenz was in jazz band, marching band, vocal jazz, choir, and Midnight Voices.

For the complete article see the 07-22-2014 issue.

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