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Marquette student accepted into Juilliard summer program needs help getting there

Marquette student accepted into Juilliard summer program; hopes you can help her get there. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Saxon Pounds, an 11-year-old fifth-grade Marquette student, has a talent for singing that has the potential to take her all the way to Switzerland.

"I definitely wanted to go, but I didn't know if I would get in," Saxon said.

On a whim, Saxon tried out for a singing program through Juilliard, a prestigious performing arts school in New York City.

If Saxon got in, she would spend two weeks in Switzerland, singing and learning from some of the best. She's been practicing for this for years, and she got the good news over the weekend.

"I was like 'What? No, I didn't; I did not get in,'" Saxon said.

It is a dream for Saxon to get to sing in Switzerland. She's just hoping she can scrape together enough money to pay for the trip.

"The tuition is $6,100," for only two weeks, Saxon's mom Kristen Pounds said.

"It is a lot of planning and a lot of money," Pounds said.

Pounds says they've had to make some sacrifices already for financial reasons and have been saving for a new car with air conditioning.

"We thought this year was going to be the year, but I hear you don't need air conditioning in Switzerland," Pounds said.

The new car will have to wait.

"This is one of her goals, and we are going to help her get there, whatever it takes," Pounds said.

The family started a GoFundMe page to help get Saxon to Switzerland.


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