Student Spotlight: Brooks Kursey

Brooke Kursey will walk across the stage at graduation in just a few days, with four years of memories at Bethany College.

“The relationships that you forge during your four years here are ones that you will carry with you for the rest of your life,” he said. “I’m fortunate to have met some of my closest friends while at Bethany.”

Brooks, a defensive back for the Bison, says he hopes to combine his love for football with his love for history. After graduation, he plans to teach social studies while coaching football.

It was the chance to play football at a collegiate level that originally got Brooks interested in Bethany. “Once I visited for the first time I just really appreciated the personable nature of the entire faculty and staff, but also the coaches. The average class size also appealed to me, and I really enjoyed the small school atmosphere,” he said.

With a strong GPA and work ethic, Brooks has done a great job balancing athletics and academics at a collegiate level. He’s a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an educational honor society; Pi Gamma Mu, a social sciences honor society; and Phi Alpha Theta, a history honor society. He also received the Frank Alfred Chapman Memorial Award, presented to one outstanding History student annually, and the Exceptional Secondary Education Award, presented each year to an exceptional senior Secondary Education major.

Looking back on all of his accomplishments, his favorite memory at Bethany was during his junior year, when the Bison beat rival Washington and Jefferson College for the first time in 30 years. “The atmosphere that night was electric, and as players we knew that it was our night to be successful,” he said. “As seniors we always felt that it was that game that really took the Bison football program to the next level.”

To students who will step foot into their first college classes this fall, Brooks says the best advice he can give is to take as many opportunities as possible to get involved. And don’t be afraid to branch out and meet new people. “At times there will be feelings of homesickness, or other adversity, but just keep your eyes on the prize and everything will be just fine. “

During his time at Bethany, Brooks has had real-world experience in the education field as a student teacher at The Linsly School as well as Wheeling Park High School. After graduation, he plans to teach high school social studies while coaching football.

“I will be able to say after the 16th of May that I successfully played four years of collegiate athletics, but more importantly walked out of here with a degree. I am extremely grateful for all of the guidance, wisdom and experiences that I have received while at Bethany.”