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Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Page 6 science and soccer: The l ife of Brendon Bruns

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Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Page 6 science and soccer: The l ife of Brendon Bruns

science and soccer: The l ife

of Brendon Bruns

By Kaitlin Miller

If you’re looking for a man

with incomparable dedica- tion, insane intelligence, and an incredible love for soccer, look in the direc- tion of Brendon Bruns. He’s the oldest child of Jeff and Shannon Bruns. His father is a supervisor at Kawasaki and his mother is a parental educator at Tarkio Elemen-

tary School. Brendon sets the bar for his two younger sisters, Chloe, age 14, and Sydnee, age 9. As a member of Student Council, FCCLA, Rotary, FBLA (wish him luck, he’s attending state in a few weeks), and Scholar Bowl all four years of high school and a member of National Hon- or Society for three years,

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Page 6 science and soccer: The l ife of Brendon Bruns
- Tarkio High School Journalism Class
- Tarkio High School Journalism Class

- Tarkio High School Journalism Class

- Tarkio High School Journalism Class

he holds high standards for himself as he heads off to college to attend The Uni- versity of Kansas. He plans on majoring in finance in or- der to pursue a career as a financial analyst for a major company. One day, Brendon will be spreading his unfathomable wisdom through the works of numbers, but for now he’s finishing out his senior year of high school by doing some of the things he loves. His 4-year high school basketball career came to an end this season. Winning the Fair- fax Tournament this year was just the cherry on top! Alongside basketball, he has been the dynamic QB for the East Atchison Wolves since his freshman year. As if he didn’t already have enough on his plate, he decided to spend his springtime on the green swinging his golf club. When Brendon finally gets some free time for himself, he usually spends it reading or watching the Harry Pot- ter series, hanging out with friends, playing games on his PlayStation, or cheering on his favorite sports teams. Some may tell by his vari- ous Lionel Messi and Sport- ing KC shirts just how much Brendon truly loves soccer. As we await his bright fu- ture, I had some time to ask Brendon some irrelevant questions:

• “If you could survive off

only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?”

“Brownies - Brownies are

awesome.”

• “If you could’ve written

one book in history, what would it be?”

“The Harry Potter series” • “x/1-x = E^2”

He whipped out a piece of

paper and went to work. “X = E^2/1+E^2” • “Would you rather have

invisibility or telekinesis? Why?”

“Invisibility because no

one would know what you’re up to.”

• “Soccer or football?

Why?” “That’s a ridiculous ques- tion, they mean the same thing.”

So I had to change the question to soccer or Ameri- can football. “Soccer because it’s bet- ter to watch and more real- istic.”

It’s your St. Louis Boy: Andrew Thomas

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Page 6 science and soccer: The l ife of Brendon Bruns

By Kaitlin Miller

Andrew Mark Thomas is the son of Miranda Graybill (mother) and Randy Gray- bill (stepdad), and Mark Thomas (dad). His mother is a homemaker and his step- dad works at Tom Hawk

Towing. His father lives in St. Louis working as a man- ager at a professional bowl- ing shop. Andrew has three

brothers, Shawn, 29, David, 22, and Jonathon (JT), 19, and one sister, Danielle, 25.

He also has two young neph- ews, Roman and Michael. Andrew grew up in St.

Charles near the St. Louis area until he moved here his freshman year. As he remi- nisced about his childhood in

a teacher. Come back, Cor- Tom. Resurrect.” That might also be the reason why An- drew’s favorite subject is mathematics. Ever since he was a young boy, Andrew always knew he wanted to be a firefighter. Next fall, he will be further-

ing his future by majoring

in Emergency and Disaster

Management at Northwest Missouri State University. Given Andrew’s lively personality, he had no prob- lems answering my (mostly)

irrelevant questions.

• “Cowboy or city boy?”

“If I had to choose, prob- ably the city life.” • “Where do you see your- self in 10 years?”

“How old would I be? 28?

Dang. Living in a city as a

fireman with a family.”

• “What’s your number

one go-to fast food restau- rant?”

“Aw, Taco Bell. Definitely,

man. Give me some dang churros!”

• “If you could have one

power, what would it be? Why?”

“To swap my vision to a

time in the past. Like if I was sitting downtown, I could sit there and see what it would be like in the 1930s.”

• “How do you feel about

Mr. Martin being a Royals fan?” “You can’t put in the pa- per what I would say. But if that’s how it is, then so be it.”

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the big city, he recalled, “Our

house used to be the chill spot so there used to be like

25 kids at our house at the

same time. We’d have little kickball games and stuff. My mom loved that.” Although he made a major change in location, his dire love for baseball has remained. Dur- ing his time at Tarkio High School, he’s played baseball

for three years alongside a year of football and basket- ball. When he’s not at base- ball practice or excelling at his two-years-and-counting job at Hy-Vee, you can find him drawing, chilling with the homies, or out fishing and shooting. On any night he’s feeling it, you’ll catch Andrew cruising the bright town of Tarkio listening to

his favorite music, “Trap,

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Page 6 science and soccer: The l ife of Brendon Bruns
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Page 6 science and soccer: The l ife of Brendon Bruns

gangsta, hip hop - nah I’m kidding, just hip hop and country.” As you could imagine, this STL city-boy loves repping his hometown

teams, the Cardinals and St.

Louis Blues. His love for the Cardinals fuels the ongoing trash-talk between him and English teacher and base- ball coach Mr. Martin, which is entertainment enough for anyone involved. Such disputes might be why An- drew’s favorite high school

memory involved another

teacher, Mr. Corrington. “My

favorite memory would be having Tom Corrington as

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