Kenyon Doppelgangers: Chris Stevens ’17 and Daniel Scherding ’18


Warning: Above photo may lead to shortness of breath, dizziness and mild arrhythmia

Hold on to your hats everyone, because we’re back with another edition of Kenyon Doppelgangers, the ongoing series of lookalikes here at Kenyon brought to you by the Thrill. You may know our two lads featured here by many another name: Steve-O, Steve, Captain America; Hansel, Von Schnitzel or perhaps, most infamously, Hot Dan. But there’s more to them than their beautiful flaxen hair and deep blue eyes, so please allow me to reintroduce Chris Stevens and Daniel Scherding in this week’s Kenyon Doppelgangers: Blond Ambition Edition.

I know what you’re thinking but no, they weren’t separated at birth–we’ve got two completely different gene pools to be thankful for. Chris, who hails from Chevy Chase, Maryland does indeed have a twin, but the two of them are currently attending different schools. Sad! What’s not so sad is Daniel does go to Kenyon and could practically be his twin. Daniel is from Woodstock, Vermont and is an Economics and Political Science double major who is currently studying abroad with his people in Stockholm, Sweden. Chris is a Philosophy and Drama double major. They’re both actively involved on campus: Chris is a brother of Delta Kappa Epsilon, a member of the Kokosingers and the Men’s Baseball team as well as an actor in several campus theater productions. Daniel is a member of the Men’s Soccer team, a tour guide who hosts students overnight on behalf of the Admissions Office, a member of the Advising Club and a volunteer at Wiggin St. Elementary.


I asked them what the drawbacks and the perks of being so handsome and blond and tall were and they both agreed being called nicknames is probably the most annoying part. Nobody wants to be pegged as “Hitler’s wet dream.” But Chris appreciates his Norwegian roots and being able to reach things on high shelves. Daniel put it best as he’d much rather be blond and tall than not be. Same.

If they could have dinner with any famous blond, Daniel would choose Henrik Lundqvist, a Swedish-born goaltender for the New York Rangers, so he could ask him how he continues to kill the game and get style tips as “there’s always room for improvement.” Chris would choose Heath Ledger because he respects his work, and he’s sure he’s a pretty chill dude. Thanks to both Chris and Daniel for so nobly volunteering for this piece and dubiously agreeing to let me objectify them. You can catch Daniel on the soccer field or manning the KAC desk and you can see Chris at the Kokes concerts or in Dying City, which premieres at 8pm on the 26th and 28th of January at the Hill Theater. I will be cheering them both on from the court mandated 450 feet away.

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