Her brother got an electric keyboard when she was in elementary school, but he didn't use it much. So, Zulma Monsalvo taught herself how to play.
Now 18 and a recent graduate of the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Monsalvo has spent the years since taking piano and singing lessons, and helping start a children's choir at her church. She plans to attend Point Loma Nazarene University this fall and is part of the first generation in her family to go to college. (Her older sister attends the University of California San Diego.) Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune.