My name is Brooklyn Blackmon and I am a 16-year-old senior at Exeter High School. Exeter has given me so much and I would love to share my experience with our community as Miss Exeter as a way to thank all those who have helped me along the way. Exeter is a special place that brings people together and provides so many opportunities for their youth. Participating in Miss Exeter will give me an opportunity to highlight the amazing aspects of our community.
My involvement in the community started as a participant. My parents signed me up for every youth sport under the sun. I played volleyball, basketball, tee-ball, soccer, swimming, and softball. In addition to sports I was involved in girl scouts, dance, cheer, fall festival activities, all here in Exeter. Through these experiences I had so many role models that gave me encouragement, taught me skills, and have made so many lifelong friends along the way. Today these are people that I have come to admire, trust, and respect within my community.
As I’ve grown older my involvement in the community as a participant is in a different way. I have become someone who is the coach of a youth basketball team, umpired youth softball games, volunteering at concessions for both high school and little league games, helping out at Lincoln School’s carnivals, in addition to volunteering at the community Easter event this last year. Being on the volunteer and support side of things has helped me realize how much others have given to me and appreciate our community even more.
In some ways I am already representing Exeter. I am honored to be on one of the most premier travel softball teams in the valley. For many people in the central valley softball community I’m known as “that pitcher from Exeter”. This makes me feel very proud to know that I am representing Exeter in a positive way. My community exposed me to softball and I have had several coaches, teachers, and community members encourage me and help me improve along the way.
In my freshman year of high school, I was also able to represent Exeter outside our community as my teammates and I on the EUHS Varsity Softball team competed and won the CIF Softball Valley Championship. As the winning pitcher, it was such an honor to have my talents work for my community and bring Exeter that recognition. Before our 2019-20 softball season ended due to COVID 19, we were ranked number one in the valley in our division and looking to bring home another trophy. It was a truly great experience to have had such an amazing opportunity to get to compete in that championship game and represent Exeter softball.
In addition to Varsity Softball, my involvement at EUHS has included Varsity Basketball, Leadership Class, FFA (Greenhand degree, Chapter degree, and Opening & Closing), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and being a 3-Sport Athlete my first two years. Through these involvements I have been honored as an Academic E and Academic Lamp awardee, a Scholar Athlete, Varsity Softball Defensive Player of the Year and MVP awards, as well as Lion’s Athlete of the Month for both basketball and softball.
Additionally, I have challenged myself to take college courses while in high school. Before I started my senior year of high school, I had already completed 33 transferable units or one year of college. By the time I graduate high school I plan to have a total of 43 transferable units. I appreciate my teachers in Exeter for preparing me for success and I will continue to work hard to excel.
As I look to the next chapter of my life, I plan to play collegiate level softball while pursuing my bachelors and master’s degree in the area of education. I am currently being recruited by three NCAA Division II schools to play softball. My goal after college is to come back to my hometown and earn a teaching position teaching the young students of Exeter.