Thriving on the ‘acting bug’ and printer’s ink

Posted in: Society
By Kaye Collier
Feb 28, 2013 - 9:03:23 AM

Tyler HallHe excels at speech and drama, as well as journalism, but plans to major in pre-med next fall with a view to becoming an RN, and eventually an anesthesiologist.
With such excellent communication skills, you might ask, why go into medicine? Why not acting or writing?
Marlow High School senior Tyler Hall explained last week that the tools for expressing himself effectively that he has gleaned, both onstage and as a member of the MHS exPRESS staff, will be put to good use as he seeks to bring the proper bedside manner to patients who are hurting or scared, or both.
As a child, he explained, he was quite sickly. Asthma and allergies were the principal causes of his almost-chronic ailments. Through the years, he spent countless hours in various medical settings.
Some of his healthcare providers were compassionate and straightforward. Others, not so much. His personal experiences taught him that empathy and clarity play important roles in communicating with those most in need of them.
“I’ve had a lot of experiences with doctors that I hope will make me a better nurse,” he said.
Tyler has outgrown his childhood maladies and is actually a very healthy 17-year-old (healthy, that is, except for the “acting bug” and the printer’s ink running through his veins).
He’s also an overachiever—so much so that this fact, combined with his positive, upbeat personality, will undoubtedly ensure a successful future as an exceptional nurse and anesthesiologist.
Outlaw by choice
Tyler Stephen Hall was born July 23, 1995, in Jackson, Tennessee, and grew up in nearby Henderson, where he received his early education in the Chester County public schools. His family moved to Marlow at the beginning of his freshman year; and although they relocated to Lawton two years later, Tyler chose to remain an Outlaw.
Asked if he was sold on Marlow’s schools, he responded with a fervent, “Oh, yes. I love the people at school and everything. It’s great.”
Tyler is the only child of Justin and Machelle Anderson, and the three comprise a close-knit family. His parents own and operate JMA Services, a heating/air-conditioning firm in Lawton.
Tyler has an excellent academic record. He has appeared on the superintendent’s honor roll consistently since his sophomore year, he currently has a 3.5 GPA, and he scored 28 on the ACT. His scholastic history has qualified him for induction into the National Honor Society and a place in MHS’ 28+ Club.
Speak up, young man. . .
Tyler is currently enrolled in AP English, and he noted that speech/drama is his best—and favorite—subject. He has been a part of the school’s M.O.S.T. (Marlow Outlaw Speech Team) since his freshman year.
Interestingly, he initially approached this aspect of his education with fear and trepidation.
He was told that requirements for graduation included a fine arts credit. Choices were band, vocal music and drama. Not musically-inclined in the least, he settled on drama.
“I actually got ‘sucked into it’ that freshman year,” was the way he put it, adding, “and it turned into something.”
He had no qualms about speaking before an audience, he said, but the acting aspect—that was another thing altogether.
“It was so bizarre,” he continued. “I got into it, and I just fell in love with it.”
His sophomore year, Tyler accepted a bit part in the annual school play. The following year, he had a larger role in Moose Murders; and this past fall, he portrayed Leon Tolchinsky, the protagonist, in Neil Simon’s comedy, Fools.
As a freshman, he was regional champion in standard oratory.
“I loved it by the end of the year,” he recalled.
The next year, he and Katie Sheehan claimed the state championship in dramatic duet, and Tyler placed second in standard oratory and third in prose on the state level.
Last year, his dramatic interpretation took second-place honors at state. His humorous interp was ranked fifth, and his and Katie’s humorous duet took sixth.
So far his senior year, he has competed at three invitational tournaments and qualified for regional in four events. However, he can compete in only three, so he and Katie are taking their dramatic and humorous duet selections to regional and Tyler will perform the dramatic piece, Static, in the poetry event.
. . .and exPress yourself
Tyler is in his third year with the MHS exPress staff. During this time, he has advanced from layout assistant, to layout editor, to layout editor with an assistant. He is currently also one of the editors-in-chief, he said.
When, as a sophomore, he first sat down at a Mac computer and was introduced to InDesign and Photoshop, he was lost, he admitted. But before long, he felt right at home.
Tyler indicated he attempts to write a story or a feature every week, though not all are published because of the ever-present spectre that haunts the news world—space limitations.
“I try to write as many different kinds of stories as I can, because I’m trying to qualify for the state OIPA journalism tournament in April,” he explained.
In previous years, Tyler has secured a state championship and runner-up title for his feature writing, two firsts in layout design, and runner-up status in news writing. Moreover, these personal achievements have, of course, contributed to the exPRESS’ two Sweepstakes victories in the past three years.
Besides his involvement in M.O.S.T. and the newspaper, Tyler is a member of the Student Council. He was also named Most Talented among senior class favorites.
In the meager time he has for personal pursuits, he enjoys hanging out with his friends, texting, playing video games and watching movies, particularly horror films, which he prefers despite the fact that they are, in his words, “cheesy and lame.”
Looking ahead
The time for trying their wings is quickly approaching for Tyler and his classmates.
Regarding this important milestone, one noted for producing mixed emotions, he observed, “I think it should scare me, but it doesn’t. Right now, I’m just excited.” He did express the possibility, however, that in time, the excitement might give way to anxiety.
Tyler has already been accepted to the University of Oklahoma. He has begun applying for scholarships through the university, but has received no replies thus far.
One thing is certain: With his drive and commitment, Tyler Hall will accomplish whatever he sets out to do.