Stephenville High School varsity choir junior Destinee King has a big smile and a big voice that are taking her to perform with the Texas All-State small school choir on Feb. 17 in San Antonio.

King first got involved in choir in sixth grade, but has been singing since she was just three years old and it has definitely paid off.

“It’s been very stressful, but I love singing so putting in the work was fun,” King said.

Practicing weekly, King made it through the rounds getting her the spot.

“When you go in you sing your three cuts of the song and then you do sight readings,” she said. “This year we had 10 of our students compete, which is the most we’ve had, and I am so excited.”

This is King’s first time to perform as a member of the Texas Music Educators Association All-State organization.

“You get to work with incredible directors and learn a bunch of new techniques,” King said. “Last year I got first alternate and I’ve worked so hard for this, so it’s great that my hard work has paid off.”

As far as her future, King said she isn’t exactly sure what she wants to do but music is on her mind.

“I haven’t completely decided what I want to do but I do want to major in music,” King said. “I have thought about music therapy as a career.”

SHS choir director Arielle Sword is happy with King’s accomplishment.

“I’m so excited for Destinee and the experience she will have performing in the Texas All-State Choir,” Sword said. “She has been working on this music since last June and spent countless hours listening, singing, working with private voice instructors and attending camps to perfect it up to this point. I am so proud of her accomplishment and I know that she will remember this event for the rest of her life.”