A student from SCVi Charter School was recently named Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony hosted by county officials.
One of 66 county volunteers honored at the ceremony, student senior Evan Decker was recognized for his ongoing work as a docent at the William S. Hart Museum in Newhall.
“The Hart Museum calls him ‘Professor Decker,’ because Evan is just that: a natural teacher, historian and dedicated museum professional,” a museum official said in Decker’s nomination letter.
“Thanks to Evan’s efforts, we have incorporated new information into our stories, accessed historical documents previously unknown to us and started gaining a better sense of our collections,” the letter continued. “We are becoming a better museum because of Evan and we’re delighted to have such a talent on our team.”
As a volunteer docent, Decker assists museum staff in all aspects of operations, including leading tours, assisting with special events, conducting historical research and helping with collections care.
In keeping with SCVi’s curriculum, Decker spent the fall and spring semesters of his 10th grade school year restoring Mentryville, a “ghost town” in the Santa Clarita Valley left over from the oil boom years, according to school officials.
Approximately 400 people attended the ceremony at the iconic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, including all five Los Angeles County supervisors. Mayor Michael D. Antonovich presented Decker with his award, while his friends, family and museum co-workers looked on.
“We are so proud of Evan and all his hard work,” said SCVi Founder Dawn Evenson. “And we know that Evan will continue to make a difference in the years to come.”