Brandon Fletcher ’11 came to Graceland because of SPECTACULAR camp.
“It’s that simple,” he says.
After spending a scorching summer week on Graceland’s Lamoni campus for SPEC, a Community of Christ youth extravaganza, Brandon was hooked on the Graceland atmosphere.
“The feeling that I got at SPEC, that was something I wanted to be a part of and to contribute to,” said Brandon.
And five years later, there’s no question if Brandon contributed to Graceland.
During his years at Graceland, Brandon participated with the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, was a vital member of the Campus Organization for Social Activities (COSA) Board, helped with Outreach International Club, traveling to Nicaragua three times (and once after his graduation as a chaperon), and frequently assisted with Graceland Campus Ministries.
"Graceland has been a second home for me. It is a place where I know that I can always find a warm smile and an open mind."
Brandon was also heavily involved in Graceland athletics, playing two seasons of varsity football and two season of junior varsity volleyball. When Brandon wasn’t on the field, he was active on the sidelines. Brandon was an important member of the Student Athletic Training Association, serving terms as President and Vice-President. He was named the 2011 Graceland University Athletic Training Student of the Year.
“In my ten years at Graceland, I struggle to think of a student who excelled in so many areas, enjoyed all he did so much, and kept things in balance. Brandon excels because of his abilities, but also because of his commitment and dedication, time management skills, and his pure enjoyment of people and life,” said Diane Bartholomew, Health and Movement Science Division Chair.
Since graduating from Graceland, Brandon has begun a Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rockhurst University. Acceptance to this prestigious program is competitive; Brandon’s class of 44 was whittled down from over 300 applicants.
Brandon balances his rigorous course work with a job as Head Athletic Trainer at Odessa High School. Covering football, volleyball, wrestling, and both men and women’s basketball, Brandon has developed an interest in working with rural school districts.
“I want to advocate athletic training in rural areas by starting extracurricular clubs and organizations, eventually providing academic learning opportunities for students interested in athletic training,” said Brandon.
Brandon is continuing work towards his Doctorate, and hopes to pick up a Master’s in Business Administration along the way. Looking back, he says Graceland has helped him with his accomplishments so far, giving him open doors to walk through.
“Graceland creates such a great environment to foster growth in students. I have never seen another place where professors are so willing to spend extra time with students, invite them into their homes, and care so much just to see them to succeed,” said Brandon.