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Valedictorian prepares for university stage


After playing baseball for 13 years, Charlotte Christian valedictorian Evan Ector traded in his glove and ball for the theater stage.

Not only a top scholar, Ector was highly involved in Charlotte Christian fine arts with both the ACT1 drama team and main stage productions while in schools, as well as working with Charlotte Theatre, Central Piedmont Community College, Matthews Playhouse and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

The upcoming University of Alabama freshman also earned a “Blumey” nomination for his performance as Perchik in Charlotte Christian’s rendition of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Charlotte Christian’s performance earned the school a total of four Blumey nominations, including choreography execution, ensemble/chorus and actor and supporting actor nominations.

“It was a huge honor to be nominated with such incredible actors,” Ector said of the awards, a Blumenthal program which seeks to recognize achievement in musical theater among high school students in the greater Charlotte area. “All of them were such quality actors; I was honored to be listed with them,” he added.

Ector and his family are life-long members of the Charlotte Christian community. The 18-year-old started at the school in the first grade, and his father, Ben Ector, teaches English at the upper school.

“It was fun growing up as ‘little Ector’ since my dad was ‘Ector,’” he said.

Ector made a lasting impression on his teachers throughout his many years at Charlotte Christian. Robert Angley, a math teacher at the school, said he believes Ector is “naturally gifted.”

“He’s one of those people who can take an idea and not just manipulate it, but see the consequences of it,” Angley, who Ector listed as a mentor in his “Senior Spotlight” on Charlotte Christian’s website, said. “He sees the big picture.”

“(Ector) has the tools to mature in life, which you don’t always see in a high school student,” Angley continued. “He knows it’s not about being the greatest physicist or making a lot of money, but life is something you must enjoy and have relationships in.”

Ector’s next step is to attend the University of Alabama, where he was awarded the Presidential Elite Scholarship and a scholarship for being a National Merit finalist. He will attend on a full four-year scholarship, and plans to double major in physics and musical theater.

“I had such a passion for both musical theater and physics,” Ector said of the unique mix. “I didn’t want to give up either one because it was such a big part of my life.”

While his career plans are not concrete, Ector hopes to use both his degrees in his future.

“I hope after (university) graduation I can do a few Broadway shows and then go back to school to get my Ph.D. in physics,” he said.

But for now, the rising Alabama freshman has high hopes for his college years.

“I hope that I can grow more in Alabama,” Ector said. “With it being such a big school, there will be different viewpoints, and I hope I can gain an understanding for all of them.”

Ector feels Charlotte Christian prepared him for his next steps.

“I am unusually blessed with talent and opportunities,” Ector said. “Charlotte Christian helped me grow (and) helped start my passion for theater.”

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Courtney Schultz

About Courtney Schultz

Courtney Schultz is a graduate from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. She has both a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science. At Campbell, she was the editor-in-chief of the university’s student newspaper for nearly three years and worked for the Siskey YMCA in their membership services and marketing department. She covers education news for the Matthews, Mint-Hill, and greater Charlotte areas.

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