A Coast musician was one of eight finalists in a national music competition sponsored by Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Gracie Hays, 16, entered the Berkleemusic Cover Karmin contest, producing a video of herself playing instruments and singing an original Karmin song, "Take It Away."
Contestants were encouraged to make the song their own and the winner received a scholarship toward a Music Certificate Program at Berkleemusic.com, which is the online extension of Berklee.
Since 2002, more than 20,000 students from more than 80 countries have studied online with Berkleemusic.
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She is the daughter of Rick and Tonya Hays.