BRENTON Age: 20 Location: Phoenix, AZ Occupation: College Student
Brenton jokes he’s the Fresh Prince of Texas. When he was a thirteen-year-old kid with a bad attitude, his mom sent him to live with his aunt Beverly, whom he calls Auntie Bev. He credits Beverly with saving his life and introducing him to his passion: writing. Beverly, a children’s librarian and avid reader, raised Brenton from thirteen until eighteen when he graduated from high school at the top of his class. Without Auntie Bev’s tough love approach, he’d never have gotten a full-ride academic scholarship to Arizona State. Beverly says Brenton just needed a reality check, one she happily provided. When asked what her biggest accomplishment is Beverly replied, without any hesitation, Brenton. To honor his “second mom,” Brenton secretly auditioned the duo for THE RACE, Beverly’s favorite TV show. He says she deserves a vacation—in her whole life, she’s only left Texas once as a young girl to visit relatives in Tennessee. Beverly is ready to race, though she’s nervous about traveling and physical challenges, but she says Brenton’s positive attitude is contagious. No one can say no to that beautiful smile.