"When other people recognize your talent, it gives you confidence," says Melanie Heggs, a Booker High School graduate and soon-to-be Penn State fellow. "Iâ€™m not a perfectionist. I just practice for a couple of hours every day and stay focused. Everything in moderation."
"Iâ€™ve already recruited friends to come visit me at Penn State," says Higgs, pictured here in 2007 with fellow Florida State University marching chiefs, at an away game against the University of Alabama.