by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Center Stage

Sixteen-year-old Garrett Weir has big dreams for his future. “My first choice for a career is to perform on the stage or screen or to be a sportscaster,” said Garrett. But Garrett – a sophomore at Mt. Carmel High School – is already a star in his own right. Not only is he an honor roll student currently holding a 4.2 GPA, but also a talented performer, winning Mt. Carmel Choir’s Most Promising Freshman Award and being named as a nominee for a National Youth Arts Award for his various theatre roles.

Garrett’s love for the spotlight came at a young age. “I grew up with a very musical background, taking piano and voice lessons,” Garrett explained. “My mother is a voice teacher and my sister and brother both were in classical ensemble and musical theater productions.” Since his start, Garrett has had many leading and supporting lead roles in acting. “Hearing the audience applaud you after a performance is one of the greatest feelings in the world and is very inspiring to me,” he shared. “It makes me want to continue acting and singing.”

But academics and performing aren’t the only areas in which Garrett excels – he is also an accomplished Boy Scout. “I have been a scout since I was in 1st grade,” stated Garrett. This past January, Garrett was honored as an Eagle Scout in the Eagle Court of Honor on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, 11 years after he fell from the ship when he was five years old! “We have 147 Eagle Scouts so far in the 44 year history of Troop 622 and this is our troop’s first Eagle Court of Honor on the USS Midway,” stated Garrett.

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Using his passion for theatre as inspiration for his Eagle Project, Garret built a periaktoi – a revolving triangular set piece used to compose the backdrop for plays – for Black Mountain Middle School’s choir program. “Each side of the periaktoi is painted with a different scene and then spun to create three different back drops,” described Garrett. “Mine had doors to pass through, which made it extremely unique and highly desirable.”

As for his future, Garrett expects to attend a university and then hopes to pursue a career in acting. “My mom always said that if I am going to be famous, God will bless me, but I can only be a kid once!” shared Garrett. “I know I will use the gifts I have been blessed with as an adult.”

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AT-A-GLANCE

Name: Garrett Caelan Weir (16)
School: Mt. Carmel High School
Grade: 10
Parents: Steve and Marie Weir
Siblings: Cecily (23), Matthew (18)
Favorite Places in 92129:Christmas Card Lane, PQ Skate Park, Canyonside during baseball season, Cotija’s Mexican, Peñasquitos Lutheran Church, Mt. Carmel High School, my home!