Nielsen uses talent to benefit students

Nielsen uses talent to benefit students by Nicole Mosberger Wakonda's Kayla Nielsen raised and donated $400 for school supplies for local Wakonda students on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Nielsen performed her second public singing concert to over 50 guests at an outdoor venue that evening. Her employers, Wakonda Caf� managers Marsha and Roger Steffen, allowed Nielsen one more chance before going off to college to earn some money for Nielsen's favorite charity � kids.

Nielsen's first concert was at Christmas where she sold CDs and took in donations to help raise over $600 for the Toys for Tots organization. She picks children's causes because she loves kids. Nielsen has made a high school career of babysitting and singing.

Her gifted voice has been valuable to Wakonda as she has used her talents for almost every local National Anthem singing opportunity.

She has also been heard at a Stampede hockey game in Sioux Falls. Cornstock in the Park, weddings, and other special events have all enjoyed Nielsen's unique singing talents as well.

Nielsen recently left for college at USD to pursue a career as a Physicians Assistant.

"Singing is my hobby. If I can use it to benefit kids, then I'm going to continue my concerts," she said.

Look for Nielsen to return home for her annual Christmas concert in December and for her end of the summer concert next August. To purchase her Christmas CD, contact Kayla Nielsen of Wakonda.

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