When Alan first arrived at Germantown High School, he was amazed at the diversity of the school, the size of the campus and particularly the Performing Arts department. Having come from John P. Freeman Optional School, whose student population is majority African American, the vast nationalities of GHS intrigued him and opened him up to people of different backgrounds and cultures. He quickly became friends with people who didn't look or think like him, but shared their beliefs and experiences with him, without making him feel different. They all learned from one another and learned how to get along. One of the many things, I also like about this school.
To Alan, the GHS campus felt like a small college environment. Passing from building to building was new to him. He quickly learned his way around, never being late to a class of course. He had to managed the many courses and assignments of his teachers. No more reminders of classwork and homework, he had to learn time management and to be responsible for his own education. Doing so, he garnered the respect of his teachers and grew to be an exemplary student. He also participated in numerous school activities and clubs, all while maintaining his grades.
But it was when he was introduce to the Performing Art department and the CAPA program, his whole world changed. Alan became in love with the theater and saw his true place in the GHS history book. As a Freshman, he auditioned for his first role in the play BIG Fish and landed an ensemble part. It was then that he got his first taste of the theater and he was hooked. Since then, he has performed in every Fall and Spring production at GHS, landing either the supporting or lead actor role. He is also a major contributor to the GHS production team and aspires to pursue a career in the Theater or Production/Communications.
GHS has been very good to Alan and he to it. He has grown as a student, an actor and a young man there. I know his education and experiences at GHS will take him a long way and will always be a part of him. GHS will always be his high school home.