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Phyllis Heil's mother frowned upon her whistling while she was growing up, preferring that she sing gospel hymns. In 2001, Heil, who lives in Hickory, began whistling, practicing, and building a repertoire. In 2004 she entered the International Whistlers Convention in Louisburg and took third place. She was named International Whistling Entertainer of the Year the following year; she has now won the award five times.