Spotlight Shines on Woodgrove’s Doorman


Most teenagers dread coming to school each morning, and they certainly wouldn’t go out of their way to get to school early. But freshman Mason Hurd is not like most students.

As students arrive each morning, Hurd stands at Woodgrove’s front entrance waiting to greet them. Beginning as soon as he gets to school, Hurd holds this door open for everyone who enters. As the main entrance into Woodgrove, the front door is the busiest area of the school on weekday mornings. Everyone from student drivers to teachers to kids being dropped off by their parents come in through this door, greeted by Mason as they enter the building.

Hurd’s motivation behind such a selfless act lies in his adoration for his stepfather, Mark Parker. Although he holds a great relationship with his birth father, Hurd has also become very close with Parker. As a Navy officer for ten years, Parker has brought many words of wisdom into the home. Throughout the years, he has become Hurd’s role model.

“I have tried to teach all three of our boys to be respectful to others, and have emphasized to be especially cognizant of acting as gentlemen,” said Parker.

From a young age, Parker’s guiding words have stuck with Hurd.

On the first day of the 2015-2016 school year, Hurd came into school early, pondering his stepfather’s words, and sought out a gentlemanly duty to fulfill. From that day forward, Hurd has held the door open every morning, excluding Tuesdays, on which he attends SCA meetings.

Hurd, as a bus-rider, arrives at school around 8:25 each morning and heads straight to the school’s front entrance to hold open the door. He usually stays for about 20 minutes, heading inside around 8:45 so that he can make it to his first block class on time.

Hurd’s determination to help others does not stop at school. As a member of a program called the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, he has trained much like real naval officers do.

“We do everything like the Navy; we wear the same uniforms; we do the same trainings. Last year, I actually went to boot camp,” Hurd explained.

Hurd has deemed a career in the Navy as something he would like to pursue, but more of as a back-up plan. His true aspirations lie in becoming a history professor.

“I love history and everything to do with history. I want to do something with history, either teach it or work in a museum,” said Hurd.

At home, Hurd is like any other teenage boy. He does homework, fights with his brothers, and helps out around the house. He spends the little free time he has playing Xbox and watching hockey on TV. Hurd dedicated many years of his life to the sport, and although he has quit playing, he is a big fan of the Washington Capitals.

Hurd is characterized as calm, caring, and sociable by both his family and his friends. He possesses strong public speaking skills; he and Parker have a long-running joke that Hurd would become a great mayor someday.
Whether he ends up in the military, in a classroom, in politics, or anyplace else, Hurd is sure he will spend his life interacting with many people, helping out as many as possible along the way.