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WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield-Goshen High School junior Mindy Brookhart is a self-motivator.
A look at her schedule makes it easy for people to believe her.
Brookhart, who has been a football cheerleader since the second grade, is a basketball cheerleader for the first time this year. The daughter of Heidi and Tom Brookhart has two older brothers, Troy, 18, and Paul, 21.
She keeps herself so busy, she spends her spare time just catching up on the necessities of life.
“I eat, sleep and catch up on homework,” Brookhart said matter-of-factly about her few spare moments.
Brookhart played basketball her freshman and sophomore years, but she took a break from the sport this season. She is contemplating adding a new sport, softball, to her resume in the spring. However, sports take up just a small part of her time.
Among her activities, she is one of the leaders in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a member of the Waynesfield All-Around Livestock. She has shown goats at the Auglaize County Fair since the third grade and has also shown steers.
She is treasurer for the Waynesfield-Goshen FFA, archivist for the Civil War Brigade, and queen of the Improv Club.
She was recently inducted into the National Honor Society. Brookhart is currently carrying a 3.8 grade point average.
Performing on stage has also became a big hobby, as she participates in musicals, dinner theater and choir at the school.
“I really enjoy drama,” Brookhart said.
Brookhart was recently one of very few students selected to participate in the Mad River Vocal Arts Festival at Wright State University in Dayton.
She is also a member and regular participant in her church youth group.
That doesn’t leave a whole lot of free time, but she says she loves to spend time with her friends and family.
“I just like to get together and have fun,” Brookhart said.
She noted she was thankful for growing up in a small, tight-knit community.
“You get to know everyone on a more personal level,” Brookhart said. “I like being part of a small community.”
She said the size of the school district and what it has to offer has helped her prepare well for college.
She also likes to contribute her time to those in need. In April, she collected 67 pounds of canned goods as part of the national “Service Learning into the Curriculum” program.
She incorporated her school project into a food drive competition among Auglaize County FFA clubs and donated the food to the New Hampshire Food Pantry.
After graduation, Brookhart plans to study agriculture communications. She plans to pursue a journalism or broadcasting career.
“I think that is where I am being called to,” Brookhart said. “Doing something where I am writing or talking. I am not a shy person.”