HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (WYTV) – Brandon Beader is not your average high school senior.
At 6-foot-4, he’s a big-time athlete for the Hornets, holding multiple school records. Plus, he’s a straight-A student, making him a perfect fit, for our Student Athlete of the Week.
“I don’t want to be average.” said Beader. “I don’t want to settle for just doing what the typical person or what everyone thinks I should do.”I want to do something that I want to do and something that’s impactful in a way.”
Brandon Beader is always striving for excellence. He’s a natural athlete at Hickory. In fact, the first time he played soccer was four years ago as a freshman. Brandon tried out for goalie, then went on to set four school records over the next four years, including 32 career shutouts.
“Even playing varsity, I was surprised,” said Beader. “I was like, I’m out here, playing varsity. I grew up watching these kids and then to eventually set a record, it was unbelievable.”
The records don’t stop there for Brandon. On the basketball court, he’s a four-year starter at forward. Just last month, he passed 1,000 career points, becoming just the 11th Hickory boy in program history to accomplish the feat.
“It was a surreal moment,” he said. “I remember coming in 7th and 8th grade and looking at the players on the court, just like, ‘Wow, I mean these guys are huge. I’ll never be able to do any of this stuff.’ And then to be in that moment, scoring my 1,000th point, it was awesome.”
Off the court, Brandon hits the mark with a 4.0 GPA. He’s also a member of National Honor Society. Plus, right now, he’s in the final stages of applying to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
“It’s always just been a dream and I want to serve in the military because I want to protect and fight for this country. So it just seems like the best route for me.”