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PCPA Technical Theatre Student Honored
2nd year PCPA Technical Theatre student Evan Rayder was honored in a ceremony in Sacramento in March where he was chosen for the All-California Academic Team by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The program provides recognition at the state level for top community college students. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for community college students. All team members received medallions of honor and a certificate recognizing their accomplishments.
Rayder filled out a lengthy application including an essay discussing some of his biggest challenges. “I wrote my essay about Peter Pan and how I was the lead flyer and the challenges that came with it. Originally, I thought this was simply a scholarship, however, it resulted in me earning a place in this honor society,” Rayder said.
He added, “This award was particularity special to me because I never really saw myself as that extraordinary. I was just always happy to work hard and do my best in what I love. For once it was nice to be recognized for my work and be able to appreciate and recognize myself and feel good about what I've achieved.”
Rayder has set his sights on Disney or a cruise line for the next step in his career, after he works for PCPA this summer as Master Electrician.
He credits his training at PCPA as giving him focus in identifying his goals while providing an “amazing support system.” He says the knowledge, skills and abilities he takes away from PCPA are tools that will successfully build his future in the theatre and performance industry. “I would not be headed down the path that I am with such promise without PCPA.”
Sara Curran Ice, PCPA’s Technical Theatre Program Coordinator, said of Evan, “He has excelled in all areas of Technical Theatre. He is always ready to step up to the challenge. As a crew member he has been a leader, but also knows when he needs to follow someone else’s lead.”
Resident Lighting Director Jennifer ‘Z’ Zornow said that Rayder’s leadership position on Peter Pan was a responsibility he took very seriously as he worked with other crew members to insure the show ran smoothly and safely. “Evan is an exemplary student, is eager to learn, not just what is taught in the curriculum, but what he can learn from the experience of the professionals in the company. He is a natural leader, a quality that emanates from a desire to do the best possible work for the project at hand,” Zornow said.
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