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On the way to the top

Catherine Lutz
Cristian Scott is singing with the American Boychoir at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday.

One skates, the other sings. One is 19, the other 12. For both boys, the Roaring Fork Valley was their training ground, and now they’re achieving national recognition for their talents.

Sixth-grader Cristian Scott, 12, is singing at the Academy Awards on Sunday with Beyoncé, with the American Boychoir.

Scott was born at Aspen Valley Hospital and attended both Aspen Elementary School and Aspen Community School. His mother, Sandra Scott, sang at the Crystal Palace for 11 years. Locally, Scott was gearing up for a musical career from the start. He studied piano with Laurel Sheehan and attended Aspen Theatre in the Park singing camp every summer. At the age of 7 he sang in three Aspen Music Festival operas.

The Scott family, which also includes Cristian’s 10-year-old sister, Samantha, who also sings, moved to West Palm Beach a couple of years ago. It was there that the young singer auditioned for and was accepted to the American Boychoir, which sings all over the world representing the United States. So far this year Scott has already sung at Carnegie Hall and has been asked to be interviewed for the television show “Inside Edition.”

Jeremy Abbott, born and raised in Aspen, recently won the U.S. Junior Men’s title at the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Portland, Ore. Abbott started skating at the age of 2 and learned his craft with the Aspen Skating Club. His dad, Danny Abbott, was a clerk at Aspen City Market for several years and now lives in Palisade.Leaving after eighth grade to train in Colorado Springs with the Broadmoor Skating Club, Abbott has been focused on the national prize since then. Now, with that under his belt, he can aim for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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