Photo Courtesy of Bryan Davis
July 2, 2013
Bryan Davis started preparing for his future early. He began participating in Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering program at Southington High School, his freshman year. Under the direction of Justin Mirante, Davis and his classmates worked on hands-on engineering projects in addition to math and science classes.
"Mr. Mirante definitely enabled us to teach ourselves. We would have to take what he taught us and solve a problem, learning from our mistakes. It taught us so much we wouldn't otherwise get, and it cemented my love of engineering," said Davis.
He will go on to study electrical engineering at UConn , which was "more or less a backup, but I couldn't pass up a full tuition scholarship," said the 18-year-old valedictorian.
Outside the classroom, Davis stayed busy with four years on the varsity lacrosse team, earning a black belt in karate, and participating in the National Honor Society, Key Club, and the math team. He's an Eagle Scout who built a "gladiator dodgeball"-- a maze-like game that combines dodgeball and capture the flag-- pit at a local elementary school.
Davis was a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American, a Connecticut Association of Schools Scholar Athlete, a Governor's Scholar, and a National Merit Scholar. In his free time he enjoys snowboarding, hiking, canoeing, and skimboarding.