As a student of many talents, Tanner Whicker (‘17) participates in various activities here at East. Whicker has become involved in clubs and sports such as the Entertainment’s Section Editor for Newspaper, Drama club, Theatre, Track, and Cross Country, where he was captain this year. He’s done track freshman and sophomore, but stuck with cross country all four years of his high school career.
Whicker has grown to become a major part of the school’s drama and theatre department, finding places in shows such as Wizard of Oz, Jury Room, and now in the upcoming musical: Footloose. By doing these shows “Tanner has really grown as person, but more so as an artist/director. [He] did an awesome job as Assistant Director for our fall show Jury Room! He’s going to be a great director!” commented Alexy Servello (‘17).
Whicker states, “I have no idea where I want to go to college, but I want to go for Theatre.” While Whicker isn’t 100% sure about which college he wants to attend, he has shown interest in colleges such as Appalachian State University, University of North Carolina Wilmington, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
“Tanner’s someone who is focused and driven, and once he finds his pathway he follows it and sticks to it. I think it’s also pretty cool he wants to be a director professionally,” stated Ms. Burgess, the school’s theatre teacher and director for the school’s productions.
While school and all of his extracurricular activities play an important part in Tanner’s life, so does his family and friends. Tanner lives with his two younger sisters, one of whom will be participating in Footloose with her older brother!
“I’ve known Tanner for about 15 years. One of my favorite memories with Tanner is when we were younger, while in preschool Tanner and I would spend all of recess playing on the monkey bars. We would go back and forth across the bars until we had blisters all over our hands every day. Tanner and I have made so many memories together over the years. I’m so lucky to have a friend as great as him,” said Michaela Bullard (‘17).
It’s obvious Whicker has left his mark, not only on various people in his life, but all throughout East. While his high school career is ending in a few short months, the best is still yet to come with this future director.