Lakeland piano student earns national award

The National Guild of Piano Teachers has recognized the accomplishments of Aida Xue, 11, of Lakeland with the organization’s Five Year National Award. Courtesy photo.

Aida Xue, 11, daughter of Jun Ling Lu and Zong Wen Xue of Lakeland, has earned the Five Year National Award from the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

Aida performed 10 memorized pieces each year for five years in Germantown’s Piano Guild Auditions, where she earned Superior ratings. She received the Guild’s five-year pin and a porcelain bust of Bach from her teacher, Benita Pepper of Lakeland.

Aida has studied piano for five years and performed in five piano recitals. She has studied ballet for five years and performed in the Nutcracker presentation with Ballet Memphis in 2015 and 2016. She also participated in the Moscow Ballet’s 2015 Nutcracker performance.

Aida completed fifth grade at Lakeland Elementary School, where she received the Principal’s Academic Award and the President’s Education Award for outstanding academic excellence.

Her hobbies include reading, drawing, and origami.