Django Szilagi, 17, is a West Potomac High School honor grad. Szilagi was born in New Orleans and will return to his birthplace to attend Loyola University New Orleans, where he will major in political science.
Patch caught up with Szilagi to discuss his graduation speech and his music career.
Tell us about your graduation speech.
My speech is not cliché. It’s about the problems facing our generation. We have solutions to fix those problems.
How long did it take to write?
It took me a couple days. I started with a Dr. Seuss quote but realized everyone did that.
What are some of your favorite memories of high school?
I played in a bluegrass band, marching band, and swim and dive team. I just won prom king. It was a very good experience.
Which band did you play in?
I play in King Street Bluegrass and the Jefferson Davis Highway String Band. (His dad, Freddie Szilagi, is the lead singer and plays mandolin and fiddle for King Street Bluegrass.) I play guitar and mandolin, a little bit of banjo. I played bass drum in the marching band.
Will you continue to play in college?
I’ll join a band and start a few.
You’re very musically inclined. Why political science?
I’m seeing that you can do a lot of good through politics. Politics is the best way to make a change, and I like people.
What are your plans for the summer?
Playing a lot of music and working at part-time.
What songs are currently playing on your iPod?
Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show.