With Sussex roots, Miss Delaware 2015 set to embark on mission of volunteerism

24 MISS DEL brooke at riverwalkMILFORD — Brooke Mitchell’s career plan is to be a teacher.

Following her June 13 crowning as Miss Delaware 2015, those plans are on hold.

There’s a more pressing matter: serving the First State as a high-profile ambassador.

“I am definitely going to take a year off so I can focus solely on this – and being prepared for Miss America as much as possible,” said Ms. Mitchell.

Ms. Mitchell has a number of ties to Sussex County.

She was raised in Dagsboro.

Her current residential roots are planted in Selbyville.

A product of the Indian River School District, Ms. Mitchell attended Indian River High School before transferring to Sussex Central her senior year.
She attends Delaware Community Technical College in Georgetown, teaches dance at Cheryl’s Dance Alley in Millsboro and competed at the Miss Delaware pageant as Miss Milford.

“So I am from Selbyville right now. I grew up in Dagsboro … and I represent Milford …,” she said.

24 MISS DEL brooke crowningMs. Mitchell, 19, just finished her first year at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, majoring in elementary education.

“I want to be a teacher,” said Ms. Mitchell. “I am currently a dance teacher so I know that I have always wanted to work with kids. Even when I was as kid, I loved kids. It’s something that I just love: talking to them, helping them learn and exploring their futures with them.”

Ms. Mitchell is no newcomer to the pageant circuit, first taking the stage at age six. She has held all three Sussex County pageant titles, was the 2014 Delaware Sweetheart and competed in the Miss American Coed which earned her a trip to Florida.

“All of this has led up to Miss Delaware, because I have watched the pageant since the year 2000. I haven’t missed a crowning. These girls have all been role models to me,” said Ms. Mitchell. “I knew that is what I wanted to do when I was old enough to compete. Last year was my very first year – and I was first runner-up. So it was kind of shocking to me seeing the ‘baby’ as they called me make it so far.”

Her pageant platform is volunteerism, something she experienced in her first pageant.

“And I won,” Ms. Mitchell said. “My very first appearance was at the Make-A-Wish Triathlon in Bethany Beach. So that was the very first volunteer activity that I did, and I loved it. I got to help out a great cause, and we actually ended up serving ice cream cones to the runners … so it got a little messy.”

As Miss Delaware, Ms. Mitchell is dedicated to being a good role model, sharing in particular a positive, motivational message with children and kids.

24 MISS DEL brooke with fans“You need to be confident in yourself. When I was younger I wanted Miss Delaware so much. I kept working toward that goal at such a young age,” she said. “I think it is important for kids to know that anything is possible for them in the future as long as they work really hard for it. I’ll be talking to them about self-confidence, how to work toward their goals. And I will be promoting my platform and hoping to get as many of them involved in volunteerism as possible.”

At the Miss Delaware pageant, her talent was baton twirling, a routine she choreographed.

“The reason I twirl is because I can incorporate baton and dance into the routine,” she said.

At the Miss America pageant, set for Sept. 13 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, she hopes to rock the stage with a tap-dance routine.
In preparation for Miss America, she is aiming to fit the fitness mold with training at Cross Fit in Dover – and her boyfriend, Troy Wolford, who currently is serving with the Delaware National Guard.

“I just met my trainer at Cross Fit … I’ll be working with him a lot,” said Ms. Mitchell. “When I am not in the Dover area – when I am home – I’ll be working out at World Gym. My boyfriend is actually my trainer.”

Ms. Mitchell resides with her mother in Selbyville, not far from Miss Delaware 2012 Alyssa Murray, who at the 2013 Miss America pageant in Las Vegas received the Miss America Organization Non-Finalist Interview Award and was one of seven finalists for the 2013 Miss America Quality of Life Award, which recognizes enhancing quality of life of others through volunteerism and community service.

No contestant from Delaware has ever won Miss America.

So the stage is set.

“I hope it is going to be a great year,” Ms. Mitchell said. “I am going to work really hard for Delaware and I hope to represent them to the best of my ability.”

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