When Brayden Kuester was a student at Sheboygan Falls High School, a lot of people
encouraged him to consider a career in engineering. But classes with agriculture teacher
Bruce Brunner opened his eyes to a whole world of other possibilities. The natural world, in
Kuester has always had a passion for being outdoors, a passion that Brunner recognized
when Kuester took classes with him.
“He inspired me to pursue a career in natural resources,” Kuester said. “He saw in me an
interest in that. I wasn’t sure exactly how to pursue that but he showed me the possibilities.”
Kuester, a 2017 graduate of Sheboygan Falls, will graduate in December, 2020 from the
University of Minneapolis with a degree in earth sciences. He will then start a full-time job as
an environmental scientist with AECOM in Minneapolis after interning with them since May,
The company works on environmental remediation projects with a variety of clients. Kuester
collects water and soil samples, reports on them and prepares maps. He enjoys spending so
much time outdoors and “using science in an applied sense.”
Besides his classes with Brunner, Kuester is grateful for rigorous classes in math and science
and even English at Sheboygan Falls.
“You need to be able to communicate effectively once you are on the job,” he said.
He was active in several extracurricular activities in high school including robotics, FBLA and
NHS, which taught him valuable time management skills, he said.
As he reflects on his time at Sheboygan Falls, he offers those still in school some advice.
“Pursue what you are passionate about and don’t focus so much on what other people think
you should do,” Kuester said. “You’re the one who has to work in the career.”