Quaker Valley junior earns Eagle honor
Even if Alex Hencher wouldn't have had his sights set on his Boy Scout Eagle award, he said he still would have volunteered to help with the Quaker Valley Middle School play.
Hencher, a Quaker Valley High School junior, served as student producer, assisting Diana Houser, and also helped manage the stage and take care of “technical stuff” for “Little Mermaid JR.,” presented earlier this month.
Hencher, son of Eileen and the late Dennis Hencher of Sewickley Hills, also helped Houser and senior Johnathan Roppo, executive producer, to organize committees to get programs ready and meals for the students.
They also organized a coloring contest in the elementary schools, where a winner was awarded free tickets to the show. Hencher also helped get sponsorships for the show.
And, he's not the only high school student who likes to help.
Along with Roppo, junior Nick Medich, also volunteered as choreographer for “Little Mermaid JR.”
The day of the show, Hencher and the stage crew came early to check lighting and help set up props.
He also helped to attach and check actors' microphones to make sure they could be heard on stage and weren't too loud with Roppo controlling the sound.
Hencher, who has been in Troop 243 in Sewickley since he was a Cub Scout in first grade, said he still has some requirements to fulfill before receiving his Eagle Scout award.
He must make a presentation about his work to members of the Boy Scout Council.
He said he wanted to pursue his Eagle award because Boy Scouts always are doing something, they never really get the recognition until they earn this award.
And he will be able to put it on his resume to show his leadership, responsibility and maturity.
By choosing to help with the school play for his project, Hencher was able to combine his two passions.
“I could have chosen something easier, but this is something I really enjoy doing. Even if I wasn't doing it for the Eagle, I still would have helped out anyway,” he said.
Hencher has been involved in theater since he was in elementary school, performing in many musicals for Quaker Valley School District and at Sewickley Academy Performing Arts Camp in the summer. Hencher also was assistant director and ran the sound for the middle school's play, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” for his personal project last year.
In the next high school play, Hencher will play Luke on the steamboat for the musical, “Anything Goes,” where he also plans to help with the “technical stuff.”
When he graduates, Hencher said he most likely will go to college to study psychology and continue to be involved with musical theater behind the scenes.
Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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