Class of 2017
Director: Berniece "Bernie" Meyer
Pageant Date: February 24, 2018
Held in Maplewood, Minnesota @ Hill Murray High School
Platform: Finding Your P.E.A.C.E. Through Physical Exercise and Conscious Eating
Brooke Critchley is the 20 year-old daughter of Tom and Heidi Critchley and the sister to her three inspiring and kind sisters. Brooke is studying Elementary Education at St. Cloud State University where she will be graduating early with credit to her early devotion to her college education by taking PSEO classes in high school. At St. Cloud State University, Brooke has been given several honors including the Presidential Scholarship, a consistent spot on the Dean's List, and became a teaching assistant for the university as just a freshman! She is set to graduate Summa cum laude in December of 2017 and will pursue a Master's degree in Education Administration with hopes of becoming a principal someday...if she can ever leave her first passion, teaching in the classroom!
Although Brooke loves her studies and education, her heart belongs in the classroom. She is currently student teaching in a 4th grade classroom where she is mentored by an incredible teacher and is constantly inspired by her fourth graders. In Brooke's words, "if you don't believe you can learn something from every student that comes into your classroom, then you cannot help every student learn from you." Her students and future in education inspire her to be the best teacher, role model, and person she can be and that shines through in her commitment to service and her title as Miss St. Croix Valley.
Fun Facts about Brooke: she will be a third generation educator, has broken over 7 bones, and didn't start dancing until the age of 14 but used her dedication and passion to the art as motivation and became a member of the all-state dance team just three short years later at the age of 17!
Brooke's platform is Finding Your P.E.A.C.E. Through Physical Exercise and Conscious Eating. As Miss St. Croix Valley, Brooke uses her title to make a difference through advocating for her platform and the Children's Miracle Network. Brooke speaks about her platform though out the community; including grocery stores, classrooms, PTA nights, etc.
It was through volunteer and leadership positions that she first began her passion for being an advocate for everyone's right to safe and nutritional food. Her favorite volunteer and leadership position was being an ambassador for nation's largest youth-led food drive, Fill the Dome, which also had the biggest impact on her life! Then, Brooke was diagnosed with a digestive disease and found she was at risk for many more at just the age of 20. It was these two life-changing experiences that inspired her platform. She hopes to inspire everyone to lead a healthy lifestyle that can truly change lives by sharing her inspiring journey to health.