LeVander Brunette, 23, is a personal trainer at Field House Gym in Harker Heights.
Where are you from and what brought you to the Central Texas area?
I am from San Diego. I came to this area because my mother retired here from the military and decided to stay. My mom told me that the education was cheaper here than in San Diego and the waiting list for classes was not that long so I decided to move here to join my mom and attend Central Texas College.
What are you going to school for?
I am working on a degree in kinesiology. The plan is to achieve my associate’s degree at Central Texas College and then later on transfer to somewhere else to receive my bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology.
Tell me about your family.
I have a fiancée named Michelle Valadez. We plan on getting married once school is situated. I don’t have any kids at this time. I have a military mother — she retired after 21 years.
I have a baby sister who just joined the military. As we speak she is in basic training.
I grew up a military brat so I was born in Germany and raised all over the place. I am half German and half Jamaican.
What would like to see in the Harker Heights area?
I think that they should have more recreational stuff to do so people don’t have to go to Austin. Dave and Buster’s should come to this area. It’s a fun place for family and, on selected nights, adults.
I think an In-N-Out burger place should come here also. I think it is the best burger chain across the United States.
I also believe that they should have more shopping stores for men of all ages. We shouldn’t have to leave the area to go find clothes.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself back in San Diego or living in Florida, preferably Miami, and following my degree program of being a sports trainer, preferably for the Miami Heat.
What is the best advice you were ever given?
The advice came from my high school coach. He said, “The quickest way to get to where you want to go is a straight line.”
What he meant by this is that you’ve got to be headstrong. People need to keep pushing forward through obstacles that may come.
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