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Whiz Kid: Oakville High School Scholar and Musician

Alex Mathews goes to Oakville High School.

This week's Whiz Kid is Alex Mathews who ranks in the top one percent of the nation’s seniors and is a National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalist. Do you know a great kid?  Email sarah.flagg@patch.com.

Name: Alex Mathews

Age: 17

School: Oakville High School

Year in school: 12th grade

Accomplishment: Alex is a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition and an avid musician.

Key to Awesomeness: Being a National Merit semifinalist is a fine honor, but Mathews prefers to talk abut his passion for music. He plays the saxophone, baritone, alto and soprano in the Oakville High School marching band and was a featured soloist this year. There is no hesitation when asked about his favorite class at school.

“Definitely, my favorite class is music theory taught by Mr. Perkowski. He is a great teacher and the assistant band director. He makes learning easy and he is both knowledgeable and hilarious,” Mathews said.

Mathews’s musical exploits extend to his church, Southminster Presbyterian, where he often sings Christian songs and plays the saxophone. Earlier this year he traveled with his church to New Orleans on a one-week mission to rebuild schools damaged by Katrina.

As to his further education, Mathews is considering several universities.

“I am very interested in the music performance program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Another option is the music program at the University of North Texas. Their offer was very generous and they have a great music program,” Mathews said.

When relaxing, if not playing his saxophone or listening to jazz, Mathews might be playing baseball or spending some quality time with his two dogs, Yogi and Louie. As to leisure reading, he enjoys the Harry Potter series and J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.

*This story has been updated to reflect accuracy. The article previous reported that Alex Mathews went to Mehlville rather than Oakville High School. 

Brent Pearson October 26, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Never seen the kid in my life and I know almost every kid in the senior class...This kid doesn't go to Mehlville...? Mehlville doesn't teach a musical theory class.
Christine Stewart Mehigh October 26, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Alex is an Oakville Senior. Known as "Pop Jones" to his friends, he has performed his solos in the marching band show this year flawlessly and beautifully. He's a wonderful kid who works hard while maintaining his great sense of humor. Way to go Pop Jones!!!
Jennifer AuBuchon October 27, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Pop is just about the greatest kid I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Talk about a role model for others! My son (and many of his friends) just think the world of him, as do I. Not only does Alex "sing some Christian songs" at our church, he leads the Praise Team. I look at him every week in awe that he can do that at such a young age. He's truly a whiz kid in every sense of the word. Thank you for featuring such a talented, fun, and truly wonderful youth! We're so lucky to know him (and his parents)!
Patti Mayfield Mathews November 04, 2011 at 07:46 PM
It is thanks to friends and teachers like Chris Mehigh and Jennifer AuBuchon that Alex has succeded! Steve and I are so thankful for all his teachers and all our friends in this wonderful community.

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