When her parents told her the family was moving to Syracuse from California in seventh grade, Micayla MacDougall was devastated.
Now a junior at West Genesee, Micayla has been able to use her musical gifts to start a new life here.
Our latest Extraordinary Talent of the Week was raised on music— her dad worked in the music industry when they lived in Los Angeles.
When Micayla’s life went sideways in seventh grade with a move to Syracuse, it was music that made the difference.
A teacher at Camillus Middle School suggested she join the jazz band, where she plays the saxophone.
She’s also a bassoonist with the Syracuse Youth Orchestra, and she studies vocal jazz with local legend Nancy Kelly.
She also loves musical theater— she landed the role of Mary Poppins at West Genesee High School.