Clarinet to power clean: Nya Kirk Jones’ rapid rise in powerlifting Posted in: SportsLifestyle With this 2022 season signifying her very first year of competitive powerlifting, Elgin High School sophomore Nya Kirk Jones has already established herself as a state champion-caliber student athlete. She had seldom in her life visited a weight room until 2021.A member of the band and a clarinet player since sixth grade, Jones came into her high school career having minimal interaction with athletics. “I tried,” says Jones with a chuckle, as she thinks about endeavors to get into sports like softball or volleyball in her younger years. “It did not work out.”During her freshman year, Jones befriended bandmates Jami Robledo ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!