Humans of Valhalla: Colton Hewell

Humans of Valhalla: Colton Hewell

At East Hall, hundreds of students arrive everyday for class. As the school newspaper, it is our job to highlight those of us who demonstrate excellence. One such student is sophomore Colton Hewell. Colton has always demonstrated a natural talent for singing and an impressive ability in the classroom. Colton has been active in singing for as long as he can remember. As Colton said, “I’ve been singing unprofessionally for pretty much my entire life, but chorally I started in 6th grade in the middle school chorus and I have been in chorus every year since.” Colton then went on to say, “My family pretty much sang before I was even born. They always loved music, so I just grew up surrounded by it.” With such an experienced and long background, it shouldn’t come as a surprise as to Colton’s skill chorally. During our interview with Ms. Rylee, East Hall’s chorus teacher, continued praising Colton’s skill and his work ethic on top of that. As she said, “Colton has a lot of natural talent, but he doesn’t take natural talent for granted. He puts the work in. He is that rare combination of both things.” This talent and work doesn’t go unnoticed. Recently, Colton was nominated and went to All-State chorus. From February 17 through 19th, the All-State chorus practiced and performed for most of the day and explored beautiful Athens, Georgia the rest of the time. Colton went through a unique journey as a Sophomore entering a Senior men’s choir. Prior to All-State, during the interview, we asked Colton how he feels as an underclassmen entering All-State. He told us, “Pretty confident, just because I did All-State in middle school so I mostly know what to expect.” Following All-State, Colton told us, “It was a blast!” As mentioned before, Colton does not just just excel in chorus, but in class as well. When asked to describe Colton in one word, Ms. Rylee described Colton as, “Outstanding.” As for Colton’s future, he told us that he will most likely end up in the STEM pathway, and while singing is a close hobby of his, he has no exact goals or future plans in singing. While the future may be undefined, it will be interesting where it takes Colton Hewell.