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West Forsyth senior gets a lifetime opportunity

by ABBY BREAUX

November 06, 2012

Taylor Patskanick and her family. From left: Tracey Patskanick, Taylor Patskanick, Jason Patskanick and Bob Patskanick. ABBY BREAUX.
From left: Taylor Patskanick and West Forsyth High School color guard instructor Tavius Cooper. ABBY BREAUX.
From left, Sgt. Matt Parker welcomes Taylor Patskanick into the U.S. All-American Army Band. ABBY BREAUX.
From left, Taylor Patskanick accepts a gift from Kelly Donahue to congratulate her acceptance into the U.S. Army All-American Band. ABBY BREAUX.
CUMMING, Ga. — The U.S. All-American Marching Band is back for its sixth year to choose 125 high school marching band and color guard members from across the nation.

These lucky students will perform during the halftime show at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio on Jan. 5, 2013.

For West Forsyth High School senior Taylor Patskanick, this is an opportunity of a lifetime.

"I'm very excited. I hope it's a great experience, and I'm really looking forward to it," Patskanick said.

Patskanick was recognized for her color guard acceptance into the U.S. All-American Band at the West Forsyth High School auditorium, 4415 Drew Road in Cumming.

"We couldn't be prouder of her," said Bob Patskanick, Taylor's father. "We've already bought our tickets and are ready for the game in January."

The U.S. All-American Band chooses students who demonstrate the U.S. Army core values.

The national selection of students for the U.S. All-American Band is based off more than a student's performance.

Students are also chosen for academic achievement, leadership capabilities and volunteer service to their community.

After high school, Patskanick plans to attend college to study journalism and literature.