Bryce Tyree of Richmond Community High School
In the past when he was going through different struggles at home, purchase running started off as a stress reliever for Bryce Tyree, but soon turned into a hobby and a lifestyle change. “I just really got into it and next thing I know I started losing weight and then I started really enjoying it.” With more practice, Bryce’s talent for running grew and he changed his life to a more pro-health type of lifestyle.
Running not only got Bryce interested in health, but also science. “My ultimate goal is to specialize in gastroenterology and to establish my own practice that would be open to underprivileged families as well as financially stable ones,” Bryce stated in an essay. “This is great significance to the African American community, because a lot of health problems like cardiovascular disease or diabetes stem from poor diet on the part of the individual and/or just lack of information.” His family has a history of diabetes and other different problems. He said these types of issues really concern him and has influenced him to pursue a career in health sciences.
Currently, as a senior at Richmond Community High School, Bryce has a 4.02 GPA. His number one choice for college is University of Richmond where he would major in human biology in the school’s College of Science. If he does not go to the University of Richmond, his next choice is Virginia Commonwealth University. After getting his Bachelor’s degree, Bryce hopes to go to a tier one medical school such as Duke University School of Medicine.
Though college quickly approaches for Bryce, he is still very involved at his school and in the community. This past summer he worked with FeedMore, an organization that provides meals for students who usually rely on free school lunches and have families who are unable to afford meals during the summer time. He also volunteered with Toys for Tots during the winter and a Richmond 5K. In school he is a member of the National Honor Society, the Appreciation Club, the student government, and is a part of different senior committees. Other activities he has been involved with include a paid internship at CapitalOne, Cyber City, his school’s Marching Band Drumline, and he also does a lot of volunteer work with his church.
When Bryce is not busy with school and has some free time, along with running and volunteering, he said another one of his favorite activities is to make music. Both he and his best friend are very interested in amateur music production. “What really inspired me to get into music is my uncle who is a piano teacher,” Bryce said. “When I was younger we would always try to get together during the summers and work on stuff so I’ve always been musically inclined.” Bryce now works with computer based music but is also a drummer and a pianist.
Bryce describes himself as “very causal. I’m a very outgoing guy, I’m very adaptable in different environments, I’m a comical person and I’m a pretty good conversationalist.” He said the person who motivates him the most in life is his grandmother who always keeps him on track and focused on school. He said when he compares himself to other students in the city of Richmond, she always reminds him to not do this and that he has a purpose. “I want to leave a legacy of charitable work and positivity which I’m sure a lot of individual’s purpose in their hearts to do,” Bryce said. “I think that would be best done on the path that I look towards pursuing.”