Class Acts

From baseball to acting, Jon Rivenburg produces hits

Jon Rivenburg is a senior at Travis High School and he is our Class Act–or of the week.

Two years ago, Rivenburg swapped his catcher’s gear to show off his acting chops instead.

Rivenburg says, “This is what I want to do. This is where I belong. This is what I need to be doing.”

Rivenburg says his baseball teammates supported his decision even though he was captain of the Junior Varsity team and a .300 hitter to boot.

Rivenburg says, “So, I went and talked to the coach on the baseball field on a Thursday afternoon. I met him before practice and I told him. He was less than happy but he was very supportive.”

Travis High drama teacher Tommy Grubbs could spot the “it” factor that his young acting student had.

Grubbs says, “Jon Rivenburg walked in. I knew it was there. I begged him to quit baseball. We had meetings. This is what you (Jon) need to be doing. This is what you need to be doing.”

“My teacher Mr. Grubbs told me if you have a plan B, you’re going to use it. If you have a fall back plan you are going to fall back on it. You just have to go a 100 miles an hour and demand success”, says Rivenburg.

Success is exactly what he’s grabbed. He won three all-star cast awards starring as George in the UIL One Act Play “Of Mice and Men.”

He’s moved from the stage to the screen as he was booked in the principal role as Mark in the feature film, ‘Helen Alone’.

Rivenburg says of himself, “I’m an artist and I’m a performer who played baseball.”

It’s safe to say this Class Act student knows how to produce hits.

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