Faris Ghandour, 15 years old, is a sophomore at Cypress Falls High School. He started playing clarinet at the age of 10 and is currently studying with Marva Doucet. Faris is first chair of the school’s Wind Symphony, directed by Shawn McAnear. Since 6th grade, he has received Division One ratings at UIL Region Solo and ensemble and has been in the Region band since 8th grade. This summer, Faris participated in the AFA Summer Music Conservatory, under the direction of Petko Dimitrov and Dr. Clifton Evans. Faris has also received Sweepstakes at UIL while in Aragon Middle School and Cy Falls High School. He is currently enrolled in many clubs such as Student Council, Key Club, and Science Olympiad.