Aiken resident Jessica M. Key will leave Area One Schools to attend the S.C. Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities for the 2014-2015 academic year. She has been accepted as an early admissions student, and will begin her studies there in the 10th grade. Key’s has a love of music and began formally at Kennedy Middle School under the direction of Everett Noel. She has participated in the Aiken Youth Orchestra and in the Aiken County Gifted and Talented Program for Artistic Youth in the area of music under the direction of Joseph Laorenza for the past several summer sessions.


She has also held titles of first chair oboe player for the Aiken County Band, as well as All State Band Musician in the 2012-2013 season. Her primary instrument is the oboe; however, Key also plays flute, which she taught herself in order to participate in marching band for the Thoroughbreds at South Aiken High School for the 2013-2014 school year under the direction of Neil Nelson.


In addition to oboe and flute, Jessica plays piccolo, violin, viola, guitar and piano. This spring, she represented the Sigma Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in the Regional Talent Hunt Competition held in Spartanburg, where she placed in the top third of this competition.


Key is an honor student at South Aiken High School, whose activities include music and dance ministries at Friendship Baptist Church and the Warrior’s for Christ Youth Group and Choir. She has assisted Piper Director Ada Gallmanat Friendship in helping younger members learn to play the recorder, and worked with Minister of Music Evangeline Petress and congregational music during church services.


Key has also composed musical ensembles at Friendship Baptist Church for the Christmas and Easter programs, and served this year as a musician with the annual Friendship Baptist Church black history play.


Key has a younger sister, Pamela Key, and is the daughter of Rosalind and Harvey Key.


Key to attend governor’s school