Scout’s Eagle quest: Outdoor performing/learning stage at Sussex Central High School

GEORGETOWN – After high school graduation, Alex Holz plans to study music at University of Delaware or possibly his first choice – West Chester University.

Before graduating, the 17-year-old Sussex Central senior plans to leave a permanent mark at his alma mater.

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For his Eagle Scout project, Sussex Central High School senior Alex Holz of Georgetown plans to construct an outdoor performance/learning center at the high school.

Indian River School District’s board of education at its Oct. 26 meeting approved his project plans for a small, outdoor performing arts/learning center.

“It would be for plays, jazz band, music, the choir could use it and other small groups,” Alex said.

“This stage is something that will benefit all our students, not just those who perform,” said Sussex Central High School Principal Dr. Bradley H Layfield. “This stage can also be used as an outdoor learning area for several other teachers and students.”

The center will fulfill his project requirement in quest of attaining Eagle Scout status. In scouting since elementary school, Alex is a member of Boy Scout Troop 95 in Georgetown.

Alex, who plays trumpet in the Golden Knight band, said he had originally planned on constructing tower-like structures for the band but was advised that project might not earn approval.

Conversation with Sussex Central’s theater director, David Warick led to the idea of a performing arts/learning stage. It was presented to the district’s Building & Grounds Committee and subsequently forwarded to the school board for consideration.

The stage will seat about 50 people and is to be located on the southern side of the high school.

Solicitation of local businesses for donations, including materials, and other fund-raising activities are part of the project.

IRSD school board president James Hudson asked when the center might be completed and ready for use.

Alex said his plans are to possibly start this fall with the concrete base. Projected project completion is early to mid-spring 2016.

“Good luck,” said Mr. Hudson.

“We’re lucky to have enthusiastic hard-working students like Alex,” said Dr. Layfield.

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