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The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Josiah Brantley, industrial distribution junior

What is your Aggie story?

I grew up in Austin, which is enemy territory. But despite that, I come from a long line of Aggies, so I've been drinking the Kool-Aid long enough to know there's no other place I'd rather be than right here at Texas A&M. And since my time here, I've been able to come to know firsthand just how incredible the school is through the welcoming Howdys, the spirited yells or the heroes of remembrance. Everything we do. It's clear that Texas A&M is a unique and special place and I'm just reminded that it's not resumes or awards that matter, but it's the impact that you can have on others around you. 

What organizations are you involved with?

I'm currently chaplain of Lonestar Company and the Corps of Cadets, and I'm a member of Aggie Men's Club. 

What is your favorite tradition?

I think my favorite tradition would be Silver Taps. Just quite simply, the fact that we as a school honor students that have passed every month, is, again, so unique. You don't find that at other schools. It's just a reminder that everybody has value here. Everybody matters, and it's so cool to see the student body step up and show up and just stand there silently acknowledging that. 

What is your favorite yell?

My favorite yell would be “Locomotive.” I just think it's so cool how it sounds. Exactly like a train. Even with the hand signal as well. It's like blowing the whistle and then the yell itself. It's awesome. 

Why are you running for Yell Leader, and why do you think you’re qualified?

Yeah, I'm running for leader because Texas A&M it's unique and it's special, and it's worth giving back to because of what it's given me. The family and the sense of pride to be an Aggie that I've found here are things that I want to share with as many people as I can, and I see this as the best way for me to do that to brighten people's day, fire up the 12th Man and continue to live on that spirit of the 12th Man. 

If you could hang out with any former student, who would it be and why?

I think it'd be really cool to meet General Rudder. Especially with Rudder Tower being the same height as Pointe du Hoc. Just being able to talk with him about what it was like to stand at the base of that and realize we've got to get at this, and he's an incredible man. I think it'd be really cool to get to talk with him and learn from him.

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