WWU student receives Hellenic Spirit Foundation Award

William Woods University student Drew
Arnett of Columbia, Mo., is the recipient of the Hellenic Spirit Foundation
Award from the Missouri Colleges Fund in honor of his Greek heritage. Arnett is
a senior, majoring in theatre performance.
Originally from St. Louis, his family has moved eight times
during his life. He has starred in numerous productions at WWU, and his goal is
to become a working actor in Chicago or London. He hopes to intern at the
Shakespeare Festival in St. Louis, where he has experience at Six Flags,
playing guitar and singing.
 
Arnett sums up his
outlook on life in the phrase, ”Hakuna Matata” (no
worries). He feels he wouldn’t be the person he is today without the process of
learning how to meet people during his many moves.
 
His biological father was
born in Greece and the culture has always been in his life. His grandfather
speaks very little English, and lives on the Greek island of Molivos. Meeting
him for the first time last year was definitely a landmark in his life.
 
Arnett has taught himself
how to play numerous instruments, including guitar, bass, ukulele, drums and
banjo. He is a break dancer, a beat boxer, a hackie sack player and a
skateboarder.