Student set to sing at inauguration

Central High School student Destinee Reed, a singer and songwriter, won a statewide contest and will perform at the Jan. 11 inaugural celebration for Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper in Denver.

Destinee Reed is too young to vote, but that won’t keep the Central High School student out of politics.

Reed, 15, will perform at Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper’s inaugural celebration Jan. 11 in Denver, after winning a statewide talent competition for elementary, junior high and high school students.

Reed, a singer and songwriter, composed and sang a song titled “My Colorado” about the joys and beauty of her home state and submitted the entry in the competition several weeks ago.

She found out that she won two weeks ago. Hickenlooper is expected to congratulate and introduce Reed at his party. There also will be a student lunch for the other winners of the contest, but Reed is the only one slated to perform at the inauguration, she said.

The chance to perform at a gubernatorial inauguration is the opportunity of Reed’s young musical career, she said.

She doesn’t know yet what she will wear, but Hickenlooper’s inauguration is a Western barbecue, so the young country music aficionado is pretty sure she’s got something in her closet.

In fact, Reed sings of wild mustangs, Palisade peaches and ski slopes in her song “My Colorado,” so she is thrilled to attend a Western-themed party in Denver.

Reed is particularly excited about the opportunity to play immediately before an unnamed “big act” who no one will tell her about. She is taking a Sharpie just in case.

“If the ‘big act’ is really big, they’ll just sign my guitar,” Reed said inside her East Orchard Mesa home.

She also is excited that the Colorado Can Do committee organizing and paying for the inauguration will allow Reed to bring nearly 30 of her classmates to Denver for the trip. She is taking members of her sounds and madrigal choirs.

The other Central students won’t get to perform, but the entire group is staying at the Westin Westminster hotel near an ice skating rink and a Dave & Buster’s restaurant and arcade. The entire trip is being covered by the Colorado Can Do committee.


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