Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Joseph Fear, a senior at Christian Brothers College High School, is in the spotlight because of his creative talents.

Joseph enjoys the arts, with music as his first love. He plays tenor saxophone in the jazz band and plays keyboard for school Masses.

Drama is also a big passion for Joseph. He has performed in every one of his school's plays since his sophomore year, with lead roles in "You Can't Take It With You," "The Boys Next Door" and the coming production of "Crazy About You." "I am a spotlight hog," said Joseph. "I like getting up in front of people and saying: `Here I am.' But drama is also a challenge. If someone is off one night, it can throw off the whole thing. But if everything is right, it is incredible." Joe also has taken center stage for the Model United Nations. He was named outstanding delegate at last year's Model United Nations contest at McKendree College. The competition draws on his writing skills, which he polishes in his spare time. He enjoys writing poetry and short stories and is working on a book. Joseph has been part of the chess team, yearbook staff and National Honor Society. Outside of school, Joseph serves as junior assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 939 of St. Ferdinand Parish. He is an Eagle Scout and is working toward earning the Order of the Arrow. Joseph, who has a 4.4 grade-point average, has attended the Missouri Scholars Academy and the National Youth Leadership Conference. He recently was named a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. Joseph, 17, lives in Hazelwood with his parents, Jerry and Karen Fear, and his brother, Justin, 15, who also attends CBC. Here is what Joseph says: * After high school I plan to: go to college. Right now I'm debating whether to go close to home or go out East. I'm interested in going into secondary education, although things can change in the next year. * The next item of clothing I would like to buy is: another Hawaiian shirt. * The best book I ever read was: "All Quiet On the Western Front" by Erich Remarque. * I listen to: Alice 104.1 FM and most kinds of music. * I'm most proud of: becoming an Eagle Scout. * My favorite subject at school is: English because the teacher and I seem to really get along. …

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