On the Cover, August 2010 : Catching up with Brandon Hill

A former Eden Prairie High School all-star demonstrates resiliency.

Recent Stanford University graduate Brandon Hill is working on an idea-sharing social media app he’s developing with friends. He hopes to run for office one day.

When Eden Prairie’s Brandon Hill graced our cover in August of 2010 (the final issue of Eden Prairie Magazine before launching Southwest Metro Magazine), he was entering his senior year of high school as a straight-A student juggling commitments to sports, National Honor Society and more. He also co-founded The Brotherhood, a mentorship group to help minority students.

And six years later, he hasn’t slowed down. Hill, who graduated in June from Stanford University where he served as the student body vice president, spent his college career co-founding Enza Academy, a non-profit organization that helps high school students of color discover their creative potential, as well as interning at the White House and YouTube.

While his college career is a success story, it didn’t go as planned. As he detailed in a TEDx talk, Stanford de-accepted him over a physics grade the summer before he was set to start school. So Hill planned a “year-on,” splitting his year between a Semester at Sea program and Morehouse College in Atlanta, before regaining admission to Stanford. “It’s quite possible that my time [at Stanford] would have been completely different had I not been forced to take the gap year. So I’m very grateful for that and everything that came of it.” he says. “Above all, my parents are my source of strength and inspiration—so I owe it all to them.”

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