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High school cellist has eyes set on Harvard this summer

Jackson Nichols

Jackson Nichols

PRESCOTT – High school junior Jackson Nichols plans to attend classes at Harvard University this summer, and he hopes the community will help send him there.

The BASIS charter school student said he was accepted to the Harvard Summer School, allowing him to take eight credits over the summer in Boston.

“You get to go to Harvard, you get to live on campus, you get to eat in the dining hall,” Jackson said.

He explained he was born in Boston and he’s always wanted to attend Harvard, so acceptance to the university’s summer program is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

“I’m expecting a great experience, and a chance to live in Boston for eight weeks, which I haven’t done in a long time,” he said.

Jackson is an accomplished cellist as second cello for the Prescott Chamber Orchestra and a member of Prescott POPS Symphony. He’s also played two years at Prescott’s Acker Night.

At Harvard, he plans to take four credits and play in the Harvard Summer School orchestra. He’ll also take four hours of creative writing.

But attending the summer classes will cost him $13,000, and he’s hoping the community will help raise money for his tuition.

On April 2-3, he’ll play at both Cuppers Coffee House locations. On Saturday, April 2, he’ll play at the downtown location at 226 S. Cortez St. On Sunday, April 3, he’ll be at the Cuppers in The Shops at Prescott Gateway, 258 Lee Blvd. Both days, he’s playing from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

He also welcomes donations, which his parents Joel and Laura Nichols will accept at the Classic Smile, 8196 E. Florentine Road, in Prescott Valley, or call 918-775-5400. He’s also created a site to crowdfund his tuition at

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