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Well-rounded student manages eclectic list of interests

Posted: May 25, 2011 9:17 p.m.
Updated: May 25, 2011 9:17 p.m.

Hart High graduating senior Hayden Scott was on the swim team, a captain on the football squad, a member of the school’s show choir and honor roll while he earned his high school diploma with the class of 2011.

Hayden Jeffrey Scott is Hart High School’s version of a Renaissance man.

If the characters in “The Breakfast Club” — the iconic 80s movie about high school identity — could be rolled up into one individual, Scott would be that eclectic young adult.

For each year of his high school experience, Scott served as captain on the Hart football team.

Scott — dubbed an athletic scholar — was selected as this year’s recipient of the school’s 2010-11 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award.

It’s given to the senior who exhibits outstanding football performance, team attitude, academic and campus achievements, citizenship and character.

But before you brand him a jock, bear in mind he spends as much time on stage with Hart’s show choir as he does on the field.

Think you have him pegged as all flash and no substance?

Think again.

Scott, who worked for a while teaching children chess, graduated Wednesday.

And, before you rush to embrace any stereotypes about geeks, consider how cool it is that he’s also an accomplished drummer who was in a band for a while. Even as a musician, he’s multidimensional, playing both guitar and piano.

He’s also on the school’s swim team, and worked for a while as a lifeguard at Valencia Glen Park.

Not surprisingly, Scott has a couple of symbols after his name on the graduate list of his school’s graduation ceremony program, denoting various awards. One notes that he’s a Golden State Seal Merit recipient, and another that he’s a member of the National Honor Society.

The only thing in short supply with Hayden Scott is, perhaps, sleep.

“I’m used to running on not too much sleep,” he said.

Scott will be attending the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in physics.

“I love science and computers, and I have to thank Mr. (Martin) Kirby, my AP physics teachers, for that. I’m really happy with everything I’ve got,” he said.

His plan for the future?

“I want to do as well as I can right now,” he said. “That’ll put me in a good spot to do something great later.”


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