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Morehead State senior rifle standout doubles as student body president

Brandon Bryer has seen success on the rifle range, resulting in his being named Morehead State’s 2018 Mr. Eagle. Morehead State University photo

Brandon Bryer had one focus in high school beyond classes: rifle competitions. “In high school, I was involved with zero, that’s Z-E-R-O, clubs and organizations,” he says. 

His hard work paid off, earning him a spot on the Morehead State rifle team. But now, in college, he’s more than a student-athlete: He is student body president and has a seat on the university board of regents

Bryer grew up in Scarborough, Maine, nearly 1,000 miles away from Morehead, Kentucky, and came to college with little knowledge of the campus, let alone the people on it. Since arriving, he has held positions within the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and is a resident advisor in the Office of Student Housing and president of the pre-law society.  

“I was thrown into this kind of foreign setting that really necessitated that I got involved and made a name for myself,” says Bryer, a senior majoring in political science

Getting involved, Morehead State rifle coach Alan Joseph teases, led Bryer into a kind of “vortex” of working hard and staying committed to campus organizations. “I just kind of got sucked into it,” Bryer says.  

The activities haven’t come between Bryer and his sport. At Morehead State’s athletics banquet in 2018, Bryer was named the year’s “Mr. Eagle,” which honors the best male student-athlete for performance in his sport. As a junior and a senior, Bryer earned first-team Ohio Valley Conference honors for smallbore and second-team for air rifle.  

As Bryer’s undergraduate career comes to its end, he’s focused on the next step: law school. As for a career plan, he is thinking about going into higher education or becoming a lawyer. And he hasn’t ruled out eventually running for elected office. 

All because he decided to be more involved in college. Bryer says: “I certainly did not expect to do all this.” 

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