BY CADY KUZMICH
Clifton Park — Of the 1.92 million students who take the ACT each year, less than one tenth of one percent, just 1,598 students, earned a perfect score of 36 — 17 year old Shenendehowa senior Bryan Brown was one of them.
Brown, who lives in Clifton Park, finished applying to colleges over Christmas break. His resume will be considered by the likes of Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, WPI, RIT, University of Rochester and SUNY Binghamton. He has visited all but two of those schools and is maintaining an impressive poker face as to which is his top choice.
With a love of math dating back to elementary school, Brown intends to study physics and go into research. He said he’ll consider pursuing a Master’s in astrophysics down the line.
While Brown expects college to be a drastic change from his high school experience, his wide array of extracurriculars and impressive test scores bode well for the young man. Brown rattled off a number of clubs he takes part in: boy scouts, history bowl, science bowl, math bowl, music honor society and drama club.
That’s not all, folks. He sings, plays flute and recently taught himself piano and tenor saxophone in whatever free time he was able to muster.
Brown’s mother, an elementary school teacher in Troy, and father, a scientist in Albany, have instilled a love of learning in their son who is something of an autodidact.“When I was in fourth or fifth grade my family got a piano so I’ve been teaching myself since then,” he said. He decided he wanted to learn tenor saxophone back in seventh grade but didn’t get around to buying it until tenth grade.
Brown first got involved in local theatre in seventh grade when the Jonesville United Methodist Church performed The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit, a play about David and Goliath. He also performed in the church’s rendition of Seussical the Musical. He acted in Anything Goes over the summer which he recalled as “a lot of fun.” He said he had to enlist the help of friends to learn to tap dance.
The Shenendehowa senior also works part time as a waiter at Coburg Village, a local retirement community.
Brown’s hopes for the future involve having a full time job and living someplace warm. “I suppose I’ll see where college leads me,” he said. What would Brown do if he had an extra hour in the day? “Sleep,” he said.
Q & A with Bryan Brown:
Q:Do you have a favorite musician or band?
A: Imagine Dragons or Matthew West. They’re certainly different from each other. Matthew West is a contemporary Christian artist so I hear a lot of him on the Christian radio stations. Imagine Dragons is more modern rock, I suppose.
Q: Do you have a favorite movie?
A: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King extended edition. I’ve just always really liked Lord of the Rings movies. I find it enjoyable and epic.
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: Ender’s game. I found the main character relatable and I liked the messages the story put forward. It’s pretty much saying how children are undervalued in society, and when they are valued they are used for society’s purposes and not given the credit.
Q:What was your proudest moment?
A: Last spring I went with the a cappella group down to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall. I had a solo in one of the songs so I can say ‘I’ve sung a solo in Carnegie Hall.”
Q:Who has been your favorite or most influential teacher?
A: My physics teacher from last year, Mr. Tymeson. I just really enjoyed the way he conveyed the information and topics to us. I found it worked a lot better than the way a lot of other teachers use a lot of lectures. We learned concepts more by experiencing them and doing problems right off the bat.