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By Derrick Smith / Photo Courtesy of Kelly Beane Portraits

Throughout the career of an athlete, there are a lot of people that touch their lives and make some kind of an impact on them. While a lot of the time it is coaches and teammates that influence them the most, for Gracie Brooks it is two people that are a little closer to home. “My parents are definitely the biggest role models for my life,” she stated. “They always push me to be the best that I can be. They also work hard to provide me with everything that I need to play.”

Brooks is a senior at Navajo High School. She plays first base for the Lady Indians softball team, a sport she has played for thirteen years. Gracie says she fell in love with the game and has not stopped playing. She is also a member of the school basketball team.

She has sat through many classes at Navajo, but Gracie says that her favorite teacher would have to be Johnna Milner. “She has taught me that working hard is what gets you places, even if you have talent,” she said. “The work makes the talent even better.”

And that is just what Brooks says has helped her to enjoy the success she has. “The hard work that I have put in is what has helped me to become a better athlete and be successful,” she said. “If you want to become successful and reach your goals, you have to be willing to put in the time and work.”

There have been a lot of memorable moments for Gracie during her career, but she says that there is one moment that stands out above the rest. “We won the State Tournament during my sophomore year,” she said. “It was great to see all of our hard work pay off and it was also great to enjoy that moment with all of my teammates.”

Along with her sports, Brooks is also involved with a variety of groups around campus including National Honor Society, student council, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also serves as senior class president.

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