During Monday, Nov. 15, Board of Education meeting, NRHS Principal Joseph Stewart presented Brooke Donley with the Beth Webster Leading Lion Award.
Mr. Stewart nominated her after the adults in his building overwhelmingly suggested Brooke for recognition.
During his presentation he said:
"Brooke always looks for ways to help others. She’s involved in Empower Youth, a program aimed at ending generational poverty. She’s active in her church interpreting music for the hearing impaired and is always involved in many school clubs and activities such as SADD, Kind Club, American Sign Language Club, and Spanish Club.
"She’s an avid runner and walker most days logging more than 20,000 steps. She’s a member of the cross country and track team. She’s been running since seventh grade going from the bottom of the races finishing last to now winning many of them. And she’s very proud of that fact.
"Brooke is very self-disciplined and motivated setting high goals for herself and her future. She plans on becoming a high school English teacher. Journalism is her favorite class currently at the high school. She’s quiet and reserved. She does not do kind and caring things for the accolades. In fact, she’s most comfortable remaining in the background.
"She’s a natural leader believing that actions speak louder than words."
On a personal note, Mr. Stewart added, she’s gone through some adversity in her life, more than some adults have been through, and “she’s handled it with grace and dignity. She’s a perfect example of what a New Richmond student should be.”