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Plainfield South HS senior earns NROTC full ride scholarship

Plainfield South High School senior Brooke Anderson earned a four-year, full-ride college scholarship from the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC.)

Anderson will attend San Diego State University in the fall and participate in the college’s ROTC program.

The senior is one of 12 out of about 200 applicants from Chicago to earn the scholarship this year. About 1,200 students nationwide applied.

Anderson pursued the $180,000 scholarship on her own because PSHS does not have an ROTC program.

“I always knew I wanted to serve in the military,” she said. “I’ve always loved helping people and being active.”

She leaves May 28, 2021 for the New Student Indoctrination basic training program in Great Lakes.

Anderson will be a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps when she graduates from college. She will serve at least four years in the Marines.

Anderson plans to major in journalism, she said. Her goal is to become a public affairs officer for the Marines.

Anderson could not believe she won the scholarship. She remembers seeing the oversized scholarship award check in the Plainfield recruiter’s office, she said.

“I remember seeing it and knowing I was competing for it and thinking how bad I want that, and how hard I worked,” Anderson said. “I put everything I had into my training.”

Anderson also is involved with extra-curricular activities at PSHS including track, working on the school newspaper, and helping with sound and lights for theater productions.

“Brooke has been an outstanding student at Plainfield South High School,” said Principal Bob Yanello.

“She is committed to excellence and has always demonstrated her willingness to work hard to achieve her goals,” he said.

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