This young man has a passion for music and uses it to keep himself calm and focused. He hopes to follow in his fathers medical footsteps and plans to pursue a career in reconstructive surgery.
15, Sophomore at Pelham High School
Obtained A Honor Roll throughout middle & high school / Participates at Duke School of Music / Plays guitar, drums, and ukulele
Aidan’s love for playing instruments started about five years ago, after he met a guy named Tripp who helped him learn to play drums. Aidan picked up the guitar a couple of years after that, and playing the ukulele just kind of came naturally to him. No matter what instrument he is using to make it, music keeps him balanced, and he feels particularly good when he is learning more about it. “Duke School of Music in Pelham [where Aidan takes lessons] has been my place for inner peace,” he said. Music helps him express himself when faced with anxiety. “When I’m playing, I just let it all go.”
And he is playing quite a bit; he is part of a band that plays events around town. Despite Aidan’s heavy involvement in music, he’s stayed focused on keeping his grades up. “School has come easy to me once I learned good study habits,” Aidan said.
Aidan’s parents have always been there to encourage him in his pursuits, and now he plans to follow in his dad’s footsteps by becoming a doctor. His goals are to graduate high school with honors and pursue a career in reconstructive surgery at UAB.
The greatest advice Aidan has ever gotten has come from his parents, especially his mom. “My mom has provided me with inspiration every day. She reminds me daily how much talent I have with my music and school. She is a positive influence in my life, especially watching her deal with an illness that has never stopped her from being the best!”
According to Aidan’s parents Tony and Leah Nicholas, “He strives to be the best at whatever goal he sets to achieve.” To complement his ambition, “Aidan has had a huge heart even from the time he was a small child, always putting God, his family and friends before his own needs,” they said.
Leah added, “I try to always encourage Aidan and my daughter Dailey to always reach for the stars; never to settle for second best; to work hard at whatever you are doing; and to always realize nothing fabulous in life comes easy!”
Leah Nicholas grew up hearing words of encouragement from her parents, teaching her to believe in her dreams and have faith in her ability. She also recalls them saying: “Be whatever you want to be in life, study hard, and it always pays off.”
“My advice to give other parents is to be by their child’s side, always encouraging them to stay focused and love God and life. Push your children to always do great things, but find the fine line that should never be crossed so you don’t put them down or make them feel inferior!”