What is your current occupation (or where do you attend school), and
what does that involve?
"I am about to graduate from Harvard University and commission as a
Surface Warfare Officer (Nuclear) in the United States Navy."
What do you do off the clock “Just for fun?”
"I’ve started a website at RightSideUp.blog and have discovered a
passion for it. It’s like a floodgate opened inside me after so long
keeping quiet. That’s where I spend most of my free time and energy."
What city and state were you born in?
"I was born in Nederland, Texas."
Who are the members of your immediate family?
"My parents are Brice and Denise Mandaville. My father is the pastor
at First Baptist Church here in Seguin."
What is the biggest challenge you’ve ever faced?
"My first year of college was very difficult. I came in knowing no
one, the course load was difficult, the hours were long, and the
winter seemed endless. I came out better for it, though!"
What is your favorite TV show and movie?
"My favorite TV show is the 1950s Adventures of Robin Hood; my
favorite movie is The Sting (I have very old-fashioned tastes)."
What type of music do you enjoy (favorite band, song, etc…)?
"I listen to all genres of Christian music. I didn’t listen to much
country music before I went to Massachusetts, but I listen to a lot
now – being away, solidified my Texan identity."
What is your favorite Seguin business and restaurant?
"My favorite business is First Baptist Church (does that count as a
business?). My favorite restaurant is the Power Plant. I enjoy
watching the water flow by."
What is something folks may not really know about you?
"People don’t always realize what’s most important to me. I’ve loved
Harvard, and I’m excited about the Navy, but what I intend to devote
my life to, my heart, is more clearly seen in my website than in any
of the lines on my resume."
If you could assemble a dinner party with any five guests (living or
dead) -excluding immediate living family members - who would they be?
"I would invite some of my favorite thinkers: Plato, St. Augustine,
and C. S. Lewis – maybe Nietzsche, just to make things interesting.
And Batman. We can’t forget Batman."
What are your roles in the community?
"When I was in high school, my role was a student. Over the past four
years, I have been an interpreter of all things Texas to my friends
and acquaintances in the Northeast."
Discuss your professional background/achievements/leadership roles.
"At Harvard, I’ve served as a Squad Leader, a Platoon Commander, and
CMC for my ROTC battalion, and as a Bible Study leader and Worship
leader for Christian Impact. I’ve also just completed a thesis and
double major at Harvard, in addition to taking classes at six other
colleges and universities, including Cambridge University and MIT.
I’m about to commission as a naval officer, and I’m currently working
on a Maestría en Estudios Teológicos (Master’s in Theological
Studies) in the Spanish Program at Southwestern Seminary."
What are this proudest moments in your personal life or in your career?
"Getting into Harvard was an amazing opportunity. I was also very
happy when I completed my nuclear interview and was told the four-
star admiral in charge of the program was ‘particularly impressed’
with my performance. (As a philosophy major, I’m a little touchy
about my STEM credentials.)"
What do you believe are the strengths of this community?
"I believe the greatest strength of Seguin is people knowing and
caring about each other. Sometimes discussions about the community
can be heated, but I think it is because people care."
What do you find as the most interesting thing about Seguin?
"I find the rich history of Seguin to be the most interesting aspect
of the city, from the ancient Indian village remains discovered on
the Guadalupe River to the early days of the Republic of Texas to
more recent happenings."
What are your future plans?
"I’ll spend five to six years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare
Officer (Nuclear) and then probably go to Graduate School. I don’t
know yet what I’ll study. I’m also hoping to turn my website into a
viable online platform to promote discussion about Christianity,
culture, and philosophy."
What message do you have for the residents of Seguin?
"This is mainly for the students, since I was one not too long ago:
anything is possible if you think, adapt, work hard, and know what
you’re going for. Cream rises to the top – hard work will pay off and