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      Above & Beyond: Tabitha Wagner

      (ONAWA, IA) - She throws discus for her school's track and field team. She's a Key Club member raising money for local charities and works at a nursing home in Onawa. Tabitha Wagner has her hands full for a highschooler. Most of all, she's a musician who has so much passion for playing, it's taking her to college.

      Tabitha Wagner has been playing in band since she was 9-years-old.{}"It kind of makes me feel happy inside," said Wagner with a laugh.{}She plays more than one instrument.{}"I play the flute, the bass saxophone and the alto saxophone," said Wagner.We asked how she finds time to play all three of those."It's kind of hard. I try to practice every day though," she said.{}Tabitha's the kind of girl you want to sit next to in class, making you smile and laugh.{}"It's heavy!" she said of her bass saxophone.{}She told us her favorite is the flute.{}"Probably because I've been playing it the longest. I know it very well," said Wagner.{}She's lugging her three instruments to college. Tabitha will be playing in Western Iowa Tech's Jazz Band while studying nursing and business.{}"I like being with people who enjoy the same thing that I enjoy and being able to play in a big group is always wonderful, too," she said.{}Music keeps her plenty busy, but she juggles more than that.{}"I didn't have anything to do in 9th grade so I was like I'll just start joining random things and it'll be okay. So I joined Key Club and I thought it was pretty fun when I started," said Wagner.{}It's a club designed for students to get involved in community service.{}"We are raising money for one of our teacher's aides to get a new motorized wheelchair," explained Wagner.{}Tabitha tackles one sport in the spring: Track and Field.{}"I'm not a runner!" she exclaimed.{}She's on the Field side.{}"I started throwing disc in 7th grade and then just kind of stuck with it since then," said Wagner.{}Since Tabitha was diagnosed with ADD, playing those three instruments and balancing every activity has made her a student that goes above and beyond.{}"I try to focus on other activities. That's why music is such a great thing for me because if I'm doing that, then I won't be jumping off walls," said Wagner.{}If you know of a student who goes above and beyond, we want to hear from you! You can nominate them!{}Just look for the "Above and Beyond" box on the right hand side on the homepage of this website.