The last four years have been quite the academic competition for three students from North Lincoln High School’s recent graduating class, but it was 18-year-old Brooke Anderson who rose to the top and received the honor of valedictorian.
“It’s always something I wanted,” she said. “When my hard work paid off, it was a good feeling of accomplishment. I wanted to have no regrets.”
The road to success was filled with challenging courses that Anderson noted she purposefully took in order to further her knowledge and boost her GPA over 5.0.
Even with a busy schedule of cross-country, soccer, winter track, school clubs and church activities, her grades never once dipped below an “A” during her high school career and she always scored at least a 93.
The same could be said for two of her fellow classmen, Kaitlin Chandler and Brendan D’Amato, who trailed Anderson with their similarly high grades.
While fierce competitors on paper, the three maintained a close friendship at school and always cheered for each other throughout their studies.
In addition to AP classes such as history, calculus, biology and chemistry, which Anderson studied in the classroom setting, she also battled through online AP classes including psychology and human geography, a course that would come in handy for her future career in textile engineering and the bio-medical field.
Also this year’s North Lincoln High School Homecoming Queen, the teen, who considers herself highly efficient and self-motivated, is set to attend North Carolina State University after the school awarded her a full ride for her academic success with the ITT Roger Milliken Centennial Scholarship, given only to students planning to major in textiles.
Anderson said she aspires to design medical products such as prosthetics and artificial arteries in the future. Her interest in the particular field piqued when she attended a special program at the university last summer.
She attributes her high involvement in school studies, extracurricular activities and faith-based events to her parents Janeen and Brian, who have remained her biggest support system.
“Family, friends and faith — that’s what we say,” Anderson said.
In addition to sports, the Denver resident joined the National Honor Society and participated in North Lincoln’s Beta Club, Anchor Club and Student Government Association.
She encouraged underclassmen to get involved in something — sports or clubs — to give themselves their own support systems for surviving and appreciating high school.
“Have a good time, and enjoy high school,” she said, “because it goes by so fast.”
Before once again tackling textbooks and late night study sessions in the fall, Anderson plans to hang out with her friends and family, work a summer job and travel to Virginia Beach for a mission trip.