Interview with Zoe D’Angelo | Submitted by Brooke Camire Nomination and Photography by Kate Nolan-Denham Photography Maine
The Nomination: Brooke Camire's inner drive and spirit has shined since she was a little girl. Her can-do attitude (always with a smile) has led her to have many academic, leadership, volunteer, and sports achievements. Just in her senior year alone she is the captain of Cheer and Track, President of her class, Pep Club, and VP of Peer helpers. Brooke has been a Dirigo Girls State Delegate both her junior and senior year, she is the DAR chapter winner, and has been accepted to USM Acclerated Law Program with a Presidential Scholarship.
Tell me about your leadership opportunities. In my school and community, I serve in various leadership roles ranging from Class President to an officer of various peer outreach groups to a leader as a three-season varsity athlete. It’s been a passion of mine to make our school climate a more positive place for ALL students. I try to achieve this goal through these leadership roles by making it my everyday mission to spread kindness, awareness and act as a role model for others.
With all your amazing extracurricular activities, how do you keep your life organized? Often, I am in a position where I must prioritize one commitment above another or feel as if my life is “all work, no play”. However, even in the moments of stress I find comfort in knowing that all these obligations are bettering my life, and more importantly attributing to the greater cause of helping my peers, teammates and community. My family, friends and teachers have been an extraordinary support system who constantly invest and believe in me, they encourage me to grow and pursue my passions. I couldn’t do it all without them.
Why do you think you are so inspiring? My perception of leadership is not believing that I am better than others, but believing my purpose is to help better the lives of others. I try to show this ideology of mine through how I approach people as equals rather than as inferiors, a behavior that not many leaders or older students follow in high school. I hope that in this way, alongside my anti-substance platform, I can be a good role model for my younger peers and encourage them to treat people with this similar kindness.
Tell me about the DAR chapter and your duties within. I was nominated by faculty to be the school recipient of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) award, in which I had to participate in an essay contest. I won the Chapter division and my essay is currently being judged at the state level. For DAR, I am expected to embody the qualities of a good citizen such as dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. This organization empowers females to find strength in their voice through civic engagement and it is an honor to be a part of it.
What are your plans for the future? After graduation, I will be attending college with a major in Political Science and a dual minor in International Affairs and Leadership Studies. I hope to then attend law school to earn a degree in international law. I plan to use this degree to represent nonprofit organizations that supply aid to developing countries, advocating for them on an international platform. I also hope to engage in intricate groundwork in these developing nations in the future years.