Senior James Brandon, cross country runner and swimmer for the Indians, has just been named a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist. This prestigious honor, which fewer than 1% of high school seniors achieve, is yet another wonderful accomplishment for Brandon.
Athletics has played a key role in James Brandon’s development, according to the senior. “Swimming for Coach Jeff Eddy for four years and running Cross Country for Coach Cary House for two years has been an incredible experience. Both coaches have instilled a great work ethic for all of us on the teams, and have taught us that in order to be successful we must perform on the track, in the pool, and in the classroom. They challenge us to do this year round,” stated Brandon.
Brandon and his AHS classmate Joe Kirkpatrick are the only National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists in all of Madison County. This is no coincidence, according to James’ grandfather, retired Hall of Fame baseball coach of Anderson University, Don Brandon. “Anderson High School is tremendous. The teachers, the opportunities to take AP and college level courses, the variety of classes offered, the amazing racial and ethnic diversity of the school, all these factors make me proud that my grandsons are Anderson Indians,” said Coach Brandon.