Hennessy plays leader
Looking around the choir room a person can see a bunch of talented students. Those students need leaders and this year one of the leaders in the choir is sophomore Kevin Hennessy.
Last spring Hennessy was appointed captain of the choir and the NIACC Singers, along with sophomore Alycia Brunsvold, for this year.
Hennessy was chosen as captain by last year’s captains for his leadership abilities.
Jason Ryner, the choir director, said Hennessy was selected as one of the captains partially because of his people skills.
“His ability to get along with people, his work ethic, his demeanor and the respect he garners from his peers were all reasons he was selected for the position,” Ryner said.
Jana Erickson, a freshman choir member, also said she felt Hennessy was a good choice for captain.
“He is a really good leader and does a good job of making sure people are comfortable with things,” Erickson said.
Hennessy has a smile that lights up a room and that helps make him approachable when a person needs to talk to him.
As a captain, he’s expected to be someone that members can approach if they have problems.
Hennessy attempts to provide advice and suggestions, and if the problem can’t be solved then Ryner gets involved.
Hennessy said he knows that a lot of pressure is on him regarding how the group performs to even how they are portrayed.
He said that the best part of being captain was fulfilling people’s expectations.
“People look up to you,” Hennessy said. “You’re needed by people.”
Hennessy said his goal for this year is to have great performances for the groups and to keep the choir a tight-knit group by working together.
“We have lots of potential this year, good singers,” Hennessy said. “I feel like we could go a long way.”
He offered advice for people wanting to become captain next year by saying: “Just be yourself and work hard.