When Alex, the ‘90s pop culture aficionado, isn’t jamming out to N’Sync’s “Tearing Up My Heart,” he’s out in the community yearning to make a difference. An advocate for the American Heart Association, Alex was named the 2011 Mid-Missouri Heart Star. With this title, Alex makes it his duty to speak at various events to raise donations and awareness about heart disease. As the keynote speaker at the Jefferson City Heart Ball, Alex raised over $168,000 in just one night, squashing all previous records.
At the end of the day, after Alex has tended to the many maladies of the heart, he likes to bring ‘90s culture into everyday life. A Nintendo 64 enthusiast, Alex is never one to turn down a bowl of ice cream and a good game of Mario Kart. Alex’s other ‘90s pride point was a chance meeting with Ferguson from the old Nickelodeon hit “Clarissa Explains It All” at a Pancake House in Indiana. Lucky for Jason Zimbler (the actor who played Ferguson), Alex happened to be the only person in the entire country who would ever recognize him.
An involved student, Alex has also spent time abroad in Melbourne, Australia, where he took media and journalism classes at La Trobe University. While he didn’t meet any former child stars on this trip, he did make memories climbing glaciers, scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, camping in the Australian Outback, climbing Uluru, and visiting the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. In fact, Alex himself became a minor celebrity after winning the coveted Mr. Menzies competition (a pseudo-male beauty pageant) for performing a rendition of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” dance. While his dancing may still be a little bit off, there’s no denying the kid has heart.