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Lafayette High School senior receives Teenager of the Year award

The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg awarded Brook Crookston a $2500 scholarship that will go towards her college tuition in the Fall. Crookston, a senior from Lafayette High School, was voted 2017 Teenager of the Year. She has a 4.323 GPA, the third highest GPA among all seniors in her high school. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, Rambassadors (a student peer program), Student Government Association Senior Class Vice President, President of the Math Honor Society and Captain of the Scholastic Bowl.

She is also an outstanding runner, having earned Female Indoor Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2017. She participated and excelled in cross-country, indoor and outdoor track all four years. She was Captain of all three sports her senior year. Brooke broke the school record in the 1000m three times and she holds the school record in the 1600m. In 2016, she was a three time regional champion in the 1600m, 1000m and 4x400m. She was runner-up in the state meet for the 1600m. In 2017, Brooke was the regional champion for the 1600m, and was awarded the Sportman Integrity Award at LHS.

Brooke loves serving her community and has been dedicated to helping others in numerous ways. She has logged over 200 hours over six years as a volunteer for Colonial Williamsburg. She tutors her peers at school and volunteers in the Williamsburg community for NHS and the Math Honor Society. A large part of helping others centers on her church. She attends and leads seminary at 6 a.m. daily before school begins.

Brooke excels at math and science and intends to major in astronomy; eventually, she hopes to earn her PhD. She'll get started towards that dream this fall at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. She plans to be a collegiate athlete and run for BYU.

Brook is one of six children. When we asked her to speak about her role model she talked about her mother who became a paramedic and a firefighter after she had her children, and while Brooke was old enough to notice the hard work and dedication it took to succeed. She is joined here today by her parents, her grandmother and her sister.

The teenager of the year recipient received $2500, the Kirtland scholarship recipient received $1000 and each of the three Delaney award recipients received $300.

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