Updated: 09/21/2013 11:47 AM
Created: 04/30/2013 5:17 PM WHEC.com
By: Robin De Wind
Marion senior Brandon Vanderbrook carries a 90 average and learned at a young age the importance of getting good grades.
Brandon Vanderbrook, Marion Scholar Athlete, said, “My family is a big support. They support me in everything. I enjoy English. I like the essays.”
He will attend Kent State in the fall and purse a career as an athletic trainer.
Vanderbrook said, “I was trying to do what I like and I love sports and sports training keeps me around sports.”
Brandon is a three-sport athlete. He participates in soccer, indoor and outdoor track.
Vanderbrook said, “I've done soccer all my life, I started track in the seventh grade when I could start it. I just wanted to try it, I didn't like baseball so track was a good alternative.”
He's captain for his three teams. This year, he was part of a first for Marion, the boys' indoor team won their first sectional title in the sport with an eight member team.
Vanderbrook said, “We never had won one before. It made more sense last year, but we had a small team and won was this year's team. I knew I had to do well for the team to win. I had to win it for our team.”
Brandon doesn't mind the small team or the small school. There are just 55 kids in his graduating class. He's ready for a big jump, to a university with 42,000 enrolled. He says he's open to change.
Vanderbrook said, “I don't mind big or small. I can blend in with anything.”