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P-T senior is the reel deal

| Saturday, May 12, 2012, 7:35 p.m.

Film plays a starring role in the life of 17-year-old Dan Clair.

The senior at Penn-Trafford High School is president of the Video Club, which is in charge of filming various school events.

"I just finished the football team's video highlight film," said Clair, the son of Grace Clair, of Harrison Park, and Daryl Clair, of North Huntingdon Township.

Each week, Clair would edit the previous week's film. He then pieced together the team's highlights at the end of the season. He also put the Warriors' highlights on a DVD for his own portfolio.

Clair became involved in the Video Club through his older sister, Jerilyn, now a senior at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., who is majoring in multimedia broadcasting.

"I've also been accepted at Evangel University," said Clair. "I'm going to major in multimedia broadcasting — TV, computer editing, video production. There is so much you can do with this degree, from image editing to a private video business. I can even take some film classes in college and get into film work."

His love of movies ranges from the popular "Lord of the Rings" series to what Clair terms as "goofy" movies, such as "Mr. Deeds," starring Adam Sandler, and the classic Peter Sellers' "Pink Panther" movies.

He has an ear for unusual voices and can do perfect impressions of Mr. T; Pee-Wee Herman; "Star Wars'" Yoda and Chewbacca; Kermit the Frog; and the Gollum from "Lord of the Rings."

"When I hear someone talking in a weird voice, I try to imitate them," he said with a laugh. "I don't necessarily practice. I just do it."

Clair has been a member of the school's Drama Guild for three years and portrayed Leon Trotsky in this year's main-stage play of "All in the Timing." He is also cast as part of the chorus ensemble in the spring musical, "Cinderella."

In addition, Clair is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Club and the Christian Youth Group, which meets every Tuesday after school.

He is a lifelong member of the Christian Life Church in Trafford and works part time at Chick-fil-A in Monroeville Mall.

But life is not all school, film and work. He enjoys playing his guitar and PlayStation 2.

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