In just about a month, Brooke Harrison will be the valedictorian of her Senior Class at Green Ridge, so needless to say she is an excellent student and is playing her fourth season of softball for the Lady Tigers this spring.
Harrison has a 4.1 weighted grade point average on a 4.0 scale, scored a 26 on the ACT and is ranked #1 academically in her 26-member Senior Class.
Harrison plans to go to the University of Missouri-Kansas City this fall to major in nursing with an emphasis in trauma.
“My grandpa was in the hospital for a long time before he passed away,” said the 18-year old Harrison. “I got to know a lot of the nurses (at Bothwell Regional Health Center) ad I really liked what they were doing.”
Harrison has taken several weighted and dual-credit courses at Green Ridge including: Anatomy/Physiology, Chemistry dual-credit College Algebra, dual-credit Psychology and dual-credit College Prep and English Comp.
“Academics are more important than sports,” she said.”If you play sports in college and get hurt, your grades will give you something to fall back on. Grades will take your farther in life.”
Besides the softball team, Harrison is a member of the National Honor Society, has been a member of the Art Club and Spanish Club, FBLA, Student Council and is a photographer for the Yearbook Staff.
In athletics, Harrison played on the golf team her freshman year, played two years of basketball but gave up the sport for health reasons and is now playing her fourth year of softball. She was voted to the All Kaysinger Conference team both her sophomore and junior years. She played third base her first three years but has been moved to first this spring and is tearing the cover off the ball at the plate recently.
“Softball is my favorite because I have played it for so long,” said Harrison, who began playing in the Sedalia Girls Softball League in the first grade. “I just love everything about the game.”
Her high school athletic highlight came last spring during the Kaysinger Conference Tournament at Windsor when she hit two homers out of the park against Northwest.
Harrison’s hobbies include working at her job at Subway in Sedalia and sponging time with her friends and family.
She has an older sister, Emmaly Harrison, 21, Sedalia and a Green Ridge grad and now a student at State Fair Community College. She is the daughter of Pam and Robert Harrison, Sedalia.