Moss Brennan sits quietly at his desk as he edits news articles for The Gallery newspaper. Later in the afternoon he will head to Ultimate Frisbee practice and then on to a ballet class, not getting home until 9:30 that night. Moss Brennan is in his third year at DSA and the new senior editor for The Gallery. In his first year as a reporter, Moss knew that he wanted to become senior editor and worked hard to achieve that goal. Moss is currently looking at becoming a freelance journalist after college or a history teacher. “I think that Moss will make a great senior editor. We both have fourth period independent study and have agreed to help each other as the work increases throughout the year,” Emma Turner, senior yearbook editor, stated.
While most seniors choose a teacher assistant period, Moss chose to have independent study with newspaper so he could make the newspaper better than ever. “With the hard work Moss shows every year, be it in school or life in general, I know that whatever he puts his mind to he will succeed,” Scott Brennan, Moss’s father, explained.
During his free time, Moss plays Ultimate Frisbee at Forest Hills Park, runs a small landscaping business, dances ballet at Durham Ballet Theatre for the Performing Arts and is an avid reader.
Moss begin dance at the age of six and strongly disliked it. He only took class because his sister was there as well. At the age of 15 Moss received his 6th concussion, knocking him out of contact sports for good. He went back to dance as a way to still be active and learn a new skill.
“I have known Moss for the past two years, and he has greatly improved as a dancer. He dances with a lot of strength, effort, and he always tries his best. He is also a very welcoming person; I met him when I was new to the studio, and I immediately felt at home,” Kaitlyn Phillips, a dancer with Moss, explained.
Moss tries his hardest to treat everyone with respect and kindness that they deserve, no matter what. He advocates for stopping all types of bullying and sticks up for victims to the best of his ability.
“I know that he [Moss] is going to do many things after he is done with school and I can’t wait to see what he will do. I think he will succeed no matter what he chooses to do,” Lauren Brennan, sister and sophomore at North Carolina State University, said. Over the summer Moss worked his first job as a summer camp counselor for YMCA Camp Bull Run. He learned a lot from the experience and will continue to work for the YMCA during the school year.
While Moss is looking forward to going to college eventually, he may take a gap year and hike the Appalachian Trail. He hopes to find out what he wants in life from hiking on the trail.
“I think that if Moss sets his mind to it he could really hike the trail. I know that people who do hike it really do tend to find themselves so maybe he will on the trail as well,” Emery Laethem, friend of Moss, stated. With his final year at DSA, Moss is looking forward to taking The Gallery to a whole new level as well as making a big impact at school. He hopes to finish out the school year strong. “I believe that Moss will finish out the school year very strong. I think that as the senior editor it will help him focus on his classes and school work. He has had a great few years and I can’t wait to see what he does next,” Mary Wible, Moss’s mother, concluded.