My name is James Dean, and I was born in Charleston, South Carolina on October 20, 1993. I was raised in the town of Ladson, about twenty minutes away from Charleston. I went to Stratford High School, and participated in numerous activities: Chorus (singing baritone/bass), All-County Jazz Band (playing guitar), Beta Club, and Model UN, among others. In high school, I developed a love for composing music; I won second runner-up (third place) in Spring 2012 in the statewide Archibald Rutledge Music Scholarship for writing a 3-part choral arrangement of a Charles Dickens poem, Song of the Wreck (which, ironically, had no music associated with it before I started). I am currently attending Winthrop University as a chemistry major. After college, I hope to attend pharmacy school to become a pharmacist.