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A Focused and Creative Standout

Busy doesn’t begin to describe Dan Bruce, November’s Top Hawk.

There are people who talk about accomplishing something, and those who go out and do it. For senior Dan Bruce, his passion for getting things done clearly puts him in the second category. Although he claims to be “taking some time off to enjoy his last year,” his schedule includes: multiple band and jazz band practices, sound technician for drum major for the marching band, photo editor for the yearbook, a photography and sound design business, , musical pit crew, lifeguard, and an upcoming diving season.

One wonders what his full schedule must have looked like.

“Do things when you want to do them. Don’t wait.” Bruce believes and lives those words.

It is this commitment to multiple projects that makes Bruce a stand-out among his peers.

Assistant Principal Carolyn Banach understands the importance of having students like Bruce. Dedicated students make things run.

“Dan generously volunteers his time and energy for school and community initiatives while arbitrating the demands of academics, musicianship, and athletics," she said. "His academic and extra-curricular activities require a substantial time commitment that warrants forecasting and planning. Service to school and community is an earnest passion for Dan.”

Bruce has applied early decision to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. As a junior, Bruce was awarded the Rensselaer Medal. It is awarded to only one applicant per school and carries a value of $15,000 toward admittance into RPI. He’s confident that this will boost his chances and is holding off on applying to other schools.

“I know where I want to go," he said. "My brother went there, and I want to be able to say that I only applied to one school.”

It is that narrow focus beyond his years that allows Bruce to click off appointments and obligations and manage his time effectively.

Bruce hopes to study computer science but his interests in photography and music will continue to keep him busy even in college. If accepted, Bruce will bring his extensive musical talent on the saxophone and drums to RPI’s pep band.

When he has a moment to sit back and think, what is it that Bruce will miss most about Milford High School?

“All of it. I really like being involved and there are so many activities that you can take advantage of here. “

No doubt, he’ll continue to make a difference .

Mary MacDonald November 10, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Good choice in RPI. It's a great school, Dan. My cousin went there...
Dan Bruce November 10, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Thanks! Now I'm just waiting to hear back. Too bad there is no Patch around there, otherwise, I'd try to land a column or blog.
deb b November 10, 2011 at 02:51 PM
I'm not prejudiced, or anything, but I must say that Daniel is an all-round great kid! He brings his enthusiasm and dedication to everything he does. Great choice for "Top Hawk"!!
Danielle Horn November 10, 2011 at 04:12 PM
Agreed. Dan (aka "Grasshopper") will go far. He gives me hope in his generation, though I'm not convinced that he is only 17. :-)
Marc Mann November 11, 2011 at 01:08 AM
Saved the day for the Milford Lion's Club Car Show this year by stepping in as the disk jockey at Plains Park. Thanks Dan.

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