He’s among the very best.
He’s Brayden Davis of Denver. And according to school counsellor Desirée Lackey, he’s among the top 10 graduates in East Lincoln High’s class of 2021.
Davis recently told The Herald more about himself and his days as a Mustang. His mother is Dawn Davis, and his father is Mark Davis. His stepfather is Thomas Bush. He is the brother of Ty Davis and the stepbrother of Camden and Carson Bush.
Brayden Davis also talked about his favorite teachers. One of them is math department chairman Jason Dragoon.
“He demonstrated to me what it truly means to give back to my community, like his annual Christmas drive for a local family,” said Davis. “Mr. Dragoon is a great man and would do anything for his students.”
And Davis cited swimming coach, teacher and Interact Club adviser Mark Shanklin, who retired last year.
Shanklin, he said, “also heavily influenced me, because he taught me how to think critically and stand up for what I believe.”
Davis’s favorite subjects included “any science subject and statistics,” he added, “because they allow me to figure out how our physical world functions.
“Some of my fondest memories of high school occurred when going to a football, baseball, soccer or basketball game to both see my friends in the stands and support my friends on the field,” he continued. “The best experience I had in high school was leading the East Lincoln Trail Conservancy Club with (chemistry and advanced-placement environmental science teacher) Mrs. Gail Chapp, to cut a trail in the back of the school as a way to give back to our community. The trail can be found near the bus parking lot, right off of Highway-73. The best part was bonding with my friends in the club over a strenuous year to construct a legacy for future students to build upon. We could not have accomplished this without the unwavering support and dedication of Mrs. Chapp.”
Come August, Davis will be off to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“I plan to double-major in both biomedical engineering and philosophy,” he said, “on the pre-law track. I want to conduct research in neurological tissue engineering, and I eventually want to pursue a career as a biotech patent lawyer. In 10 years, I see myself working in cutting-edge research to find ways to cure neurological ailments.”
To his fellow classmates of ’21, Davis offered some good advice.
“In a world with so many opinions,” he said, “do not be afraid to think for yourself and truly stand for what you believe in.”