My Name Is...Grace Matsey

Mountain Vista grad and musician

Posted 11/16/18

About me I was born in Littleton and raised in Highlands Ranch. I attended Mountain Vista High School, where my favorite subjects were biology and orchestra. I participated in student leadership, …

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My Name Is...Grace Matsey

Mountain Vista grad and musician

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About me

I was born in Littleton and raised in Highlands Ranch. I attended Mountain Vista High School, where my favorite subjects were biology and orchestra. I participated in student leadership, orchestra, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society and Music National Honor Society.

I currently attend University of Colorado-Boulder, where I am studying molecular cellular developmental biology on the pre-med track. I chose to complete my Gold Award because my brother, JJ (James Matsey Jr.) completed his Eagle Award when he was in high school, and I thought it would be very fulfilling to complete the Gold Award. 

I joined Girl Scouts when I was in second grade. I joined because I thought it was going to be a fun experience, and I stayed because it ended up being so much more. 

My Gold Award project

I have participated in music programs since I was in kindergarten. When I got into high school, I realized that the number of students participating in the programs decreased drastically as the students age.

As the number of students enrolled in Douglas County grows exponentially, so should the number of students participating in music programs. However, with funding being cut for arts programs, a new emphasis on STEM programs, and music not being as encouraged as it once was, the numbers of students in music programs are not increasing as much as expected. 

As a musician, I understood the benefits of playing music — creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration — but I was worried that the rest of my community did not. So, I set up a music tutoring program for elementary and middle school students to educate about the advantages of music and music education to students parents, and educators. The tutors in this program were Vista students from the Music National Honor Society. 

What I learned

I learned that you can only plan an event to a certain extent; that when it comes down to the actual day, you will have to improvise because it is impossible to always stick to the schedule. I also learned that if you notice something you want to change, you have to take the action to do it, because no one else will. 

Fun fact

I play five instruments (soon to be six because I am going to learn harp) — cello, harmonica, ukulele, guitar and piano. My favorite band is either The Beatles, James Taylor or Billy Joel — I can play his "Piano Man" on piano and harmonica at the same time.

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