Marisol Zarate is a 'Cool Kid.'

ABC7 Eyewitness News named the Cajon High School sophomore a "Cool Kid" in its continuing series that recognizes young adults doing great things.

On Saturday, 15-year-old Marisol was among the honorees at ABC7 Studios in Glendale for its "Cool Kids Awards Luncheon," which honored two dozen cool kids who are making a difference in the lives of others.

As a violinist with Symphonie Jeunesse Youth Orchestra for Strings, Marisol inspires others with her music.

"Symphonie Jeunesse is so amazing because all of us are so supportive of each other," Marisol said.

While studying the violin, Marisol's mother passed away, and the young musician found comfort in the music.

"My mom really supported my music and she was very strong," Marisol said. "I watched her strength over the years and I want to stay strong. Music keeps me very sane and when I play I'm very happy."

The 30-member youth orchestra for strings was founded in 2008 by Michele Tacchia, professional cellist, teacher and conductor of the ensemble.

According to Tacchia, Marisol is remarkable.

"Marisol has had to face a lot of difficulties and loss in her young life. Music does something for her soul that helps sustain her," Tacchia added.

"She's an amazing young lady who knows what she wants to do."

A violin student since she was 9, Marisol teaches violin, clarinet and guitar to 8- to 11-year-olds at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church.

Her extra-curricular activities include speech and debate, drum line, and playing tennis.

Marisol hopes to study electrical engineering at Stanford University.

"You have to pledge yourself to your passion," she said. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

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