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Lorain High student beats the odds: Dreams of touring the world with his music

'Hopefully I can use my music to put a smile on people's faces.'

LORAIN, Ohio -- He’s an academic all-star, talented musician and so much more.

14-year-old Pablo NeNo Oquendo II is a successful freshman at Lorain High School.

Recently, a post was shared on Facebook describing his abilities despite the challenges he faces.

“It’s nice to know that my hard work, that people notice it,” he says. “It just feels good.”

Pablo recalls his first instrument, a drum set, when he was 3 or 4 years old. Today, he plays multiple instruments including the viola, cello, bass guitar, ukulele, keyboard and bass drum.

The violin is his passion. He’s first chair in the Lorain High School Orchestra.

“They told me I couldn’t do it. I practiced everyday about an hour every day.”

Pablo is also taking honors and advanced placement academic courses. He’s taken college classes since 7th grade.

But, he’s had his share of struggles.

“When I was born, I was born with a lot of diseases.”

Pablo has Oculocutaneous Albinism Type 2 -- a group of conditions that affect coloring of the skin, hair and eyes. He has difficulty with vision and hearing.

“It’s thanks to God, I have this vision but he blessed me with talent and all the people here at school, my mom, my brothers and my sisters, they all helped me."

Pablo is excited about the future.

“I want to go to college, I want to go to Julliard (a world renowned school for gifted musicians) and hopefully I can get a better violin because this one’s kind of cheap and stuff,” he says.

He hopes to travel the world to play in concerts.

“Hopefully I can use my music to put a smile on people’s faces."