Braden Mallery –  A Scientific Mind, A 4.0, and Travel

Interview with Braden Mallery, Senior at Bluffton High School.

Braden Mallery

How old are you? 

I’m 18. 

What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?

I work at the Wells Community Pool. It was a really hot day out and my friend Aaron was laying out in the sun. I snuck up on him with a cold cup of water and poured it on him with all the other guards watching. That was really funny.

[Laughing] What did he do?

He just kind of freaked out a little bit.

Are you a lifeguard?


Cool. Good for you.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose to go and why?

I think Amsterdam because they have a lot of cool historical things there. I think the canals are pretty cool so I want to see that.

You have found a suitcase containing $1 million. The authorities say it’s yours to keep. What do you do with it?

I would probably use it to pay for college so I could graduate debt free. Then with a college degree get a good job. Us the rest of the money to travel around the world because that’s something I want to do.

Good Plans!

Tell me something about a parent or relative that you find awesome and you hope to accomplish someday?

 My grandfather is very religious and he is very Christian. He is really involved in his community and church. He gives a lot of his time and money to his community and church. I think that’s really cool. 

So you want to be a lot like your grandpa? You really look up to him.


That’s nice.

What are you proudest of?

Probably my accomplishments in school. I have good grades and I worked really hard to get my 4.0 GPA. That’s something I’m really proud of because I know that I worked hard for it.

Nice Job on the 4.0!

What do you wish that you knew how to do that you can’t right now?

I wish I could speak another language fluently. I don’t really care what language. I just think it would be really cool to be able to talk really fast in another language.

Do you own a pet? 

Yes. I have a Dog. Her name is Maizey and she was named by my mom. My mom was kind of set on that name and she didn’t really let anyone else have a say in it. That’s how she got the name is from my mom.

What kind of dog is she?

A Golden Retriever mix.

Can you tell me a joke?

Did you hear about the guy who got his whole left side cut off?

No, I did not.

He’s all right now.

[Laughing] That is a good one!

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Any science or chemistry class because it’s more concrete. More black in white. Classes like English I don’t really like because sometimes there is no right answer. I like when you can explain things that happened. Like in an experiment.

So are you going to college for something Science related?

Yes. I’m hoping for Neuroscience to study the brain.

Are you involved in school sports, music or other activities? 

I swim and I’m in Student Council and National Honor Society. I’m on Norwell’s Riley Dance Marathon Executive Board.

How about outside of school activities?

No, not much.

Do you think it’s important to speak and understand other languages? 

Yes I think it is important because it opens up a lot of more people that you are able to communicate with. Different languages have different ways that they phrase things so I think it’s good to be able to understand how people that speak different languages think.

If you had to choose just one language to learn what would it be?

Spanish. I already take it in school so I already know a little bit. A lot of people around the world speak Spanish.

What is your favorite game to play and why?

My friends and I go to our friend Mason’s house and play basketball a lot. We play dunk ball. It’s a fun game to play.

Who is one of your friends that make you laugh all the time?

Breann. We share a very similar sense of humor so it doesn’t take much to get us laughing when we’re together. We laugh at almost anything.

Who is your most academically inclined friend? 

My friend Mary is very academically inclined. She has both natural intelligence and works really hard in school. Her grades are something she really values. She puts it above almost everything else.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years and how will you get there?

Two Options. I would either be working in a lab somewhere doing research with my college degree. Or I would be off somewhere in the world traveling around. I want to see as much of the world as I can.

You really have some great plans for a successful future and fun travelling.

Teen Talk is a service supported by Southern Wells Schools, Northern Wells Schools, and Bluffton Harrison Schools, …. to promote dialogue and community among area high school students. 

Interviewer: Amy Serafini

News-Banner, Bluffton, Indiana