WWC student featured on Good Morning America

In child prodigy segment on Nov. 13

By: Kristi Spurgeon

Walla Walla College freshman Sam Johnson was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America Sunday, Nov. 13 as part of a segment on child prodigies.

Read about the segment, or watch the video, on Good Morning America's website.

At 16, Johnson, from Milton-Freewater, Ore., was a promising cellist who had been winning major competitions since he was eight years old, performing at big-city concerts, and winning praise from musicians such as Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma.

But his quick rise in the music world was interrupted when he gave up the cello and spent 13 months at Project Patch, a Seventh-day Adventist school for troubled teens, in Idaho. When he returned to the Walla Walla Valley, Johnson attended Walla Walla Valley Academy and is now in the pre-dentistry program at WWC.

Johnson may not be flirting with stardom any more, but he says music will always have an important place in his life.

Read more about Sam Johnson in this series of articles published by The Oregonian in 2002, or the most recent, about the Good Morning America filming.

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