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Brooke Winslow: Headed for MIT -- and the ocean

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By Alejandro Dominguez
Herald Writer
  • Brooke Winslow, who is graduating from Monroe High School, wants to become an ocean engineer.

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Brooke Winslow, who is graduating from Monroe High School, wants to become an ocean engineer.

MONROE -- The ocean has been a big part of Brooke Winslow's life. When she was 12, her parents took Brooke and her older sister on a two-year sailboat trip from Washington to South America. She spent mornings swimming in the ocean and evenings in classes taught by her mother. It was during this time that Brooke -- now 18 -- learned a love for the ocean that's helped shape what she wants to do with her life. "There's not one thing I like about the ocean. There are many things. It's very peaceful. It's relaxing," said Brooke, who is graduating from Monroe High School. For the past two years, she's been a student at the Ocean Research College Academy at Everett Community College. "I learned how big of an impact (the ocean) has on people on land," she said. Brooke wants to become an ocean engineer, a relatively new field that will allow her to pursue her goal of finding a way to use tides and geothermal currents as an energy supply. She took a first step toward that goal by being accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall. She's nervous about moving far away. She has always been a top student, but she knows how difficult MIT will be. "I will have to work harder than I used to," Brooke said. She's motivated. Brooke always wants to give everything she has. She has a 3.96 GPA, and she is a Running Start student taking college-level classes on subjects such as physics, calculus and statistics. She rarely spent time at Monroe High School this year because of the college program. At school, she played varsity tennis and ran cross country and was involved with Key Club. And she went to the school dances. At MIT, education will be her priority. And even though she may be busy, Brooke will look at joining the sailing club just for fun.

Marlise Dole,
Kamiak High School
[Photo gallery]

Jason Anafi,
Woodway High School

(Lee) Chimchang,

Marysville Getchell High School

Jacob Jamerson,
Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center

Brooke Winslow,
Monroe High School

David Murray,
Arlington High School

Jasmine Brar,
Cascade High School
Photo gallery: the class of 2011
Story tags » MonroeMonroe High School

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