Danielle Brooks, Class of 1995

The leadership qualities that Danielle Brooks honed on the playing fields at Kent County High School have served her well as a career soldier. Since enlisting in the Army as a mechanic in May 2001, she has ascended to the rank of master sergeant E8. She is a senior maintenance supervisor for an air defense artillery brigade. Of course she had no idea what her career path would be as she entered Kent County High School as a freshman in the fall of 1991, but Danielle immediately embraced the Army’s motto of “Be All You Can Be.” She lettered four years each in basketball and softball, and was a triple-threat as a junior and senior after adding volleyball to her repertoire. She was the outstanding female athlete in the Class of 1995. On the hardcourt, she totaled 925 points — a number that likely would have been higher had she not played in the shadow of future Hall of Famer Tychelle Young, who upon graduation in 1993 was the program’s scoring leader. Danielle averaged nearly 17 points a game as a senior when she netted 351 points, repeating as an All-Mid-Shore performer. She was a two-way threat in softball. She boasted a batting average of at least .345 in each of her four years, eclipsing .400 as a senior, and defensively was an all-around talent behind the plate. After graduating from KCHS, Danielle matriculated to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she played softball for two years for the Division I Hawks. She has made a career in the military. Danielle said playing sports at KCHS was her “outlet,” and credited coaches Mary Fisher (volleyball and softball) and Carroll “CJ” Jackson-Smith (basketball) for being her “saving grace.” They were more than coaches, she said. “They loved what they did, and they loved the kids they coached,” she added. Danielle said coaches Fisher and Jackson-Smith helped her to navigate the challenges of adolescence, and helped form the person she is today. The lessons she learned on and off the courts —for example, “never let them see you sweat” — prepared her for her life’s work. She’s been deployed to Iraq twice, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. She was stationed in Germany for seven years. She returned “home” to the U.S. in mid-October after a nine-month deployment to Southeast Asia. Since September 2021 Danielle has been stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.

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