EHS valedictorian aims to improve the world with environmental science career
When asked what one word best describes Etna High School’s 2021 valedictorian Frank Brownell, science teacher Kay Isbell said it would be “efficient.”
“He is not going to spend extra time or energy on things that he does not deem necessary,” Isbell said. “He does exactly what is asked of him with precision and accuracy. He takes pride in his work and always produces quality work.
“He completes work promptly and very rarely waits until the last minute to turn something in,” Isbell added. “He has a passion for learning. He is a good problem solver and likes to do hands-on projects too.”
Brownell will speak at EHS’s graduation ceremony this Friday, June 11 alongside salutatorian Alfredo Cruz.
Cruz will attend UC Berkeley next year and plans to major in psychology.
Brownell will attend Oregon State University next year to major in Environmental Science. He is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and moved with his family to the Scott Valley when he was in sixth grade.
When asked the key to his academic success, Brownell said, “I just worked hard.”
He said the COVID-19 pandemic, and transitioning to online learning for several months was an adjustment. He said it was hard at times to interact and ask questions while learning from home.
Isbell had Brownell in several of her classes, including biology, chemistry, physics, natural resources. She was also the teacher in charge of his online Environmental Science class, and said Brownell has “been a pleasure to work with.”
“He is a bright and dedicated student,” Isbell said. “He knows his professional goals and has worked towards them.”
She said Brownell took an online Advanced Placement class that none of his peers were taking so he could learn more about environmental science.
Brownell said he enjoyed going to a small high school and commended the teachers who worked with each student to be successful. He added that all the students are “there to help each other.”
He thanked his family for their support, including his brother, Bobby, who is a year younger than him and a junior at EHS.
Frank said his goal with his career in environmental science is to find more alternative energy sources to help society as a whole.
“It’s a field where I get to make a difference,” Brownell said. “It’s a way to give back to the world.”
The Lions graduation ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Duncan Field. Only ticketed people will be admitted, and each student received 10 tickets.