Blacksburg High School junior Jessica Wang started playing piano when she was 5.
"I usually do one hour a day Monday through Thursday because school is busy," she says. "I try to do two hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays."
Fellow BHS student Morgan Arrivillaga has been taking voice lessons for one year and has studied tap for seven.
"I used to practice dance nine to 10 hours a week, now just two hours a week because I am putting more time towards singing," she says.
The hours of practice are paying off for the girls: they are finalists in Shelor Motor Mile's Growing for the Future contest. They will be competing against students from other Montgomery County and New River Valley high schools at Blacksburg High School at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
"This talent show generates over $50,000 in cash prizes for local students and their schools," said Blair Hoke, Shelor Motor Mile's marketing director. "It is a great opportunity for kids to come together and showcase their local talent while earning their school big money."