PATERSON, NJ – International High School senior Abbey-Gale Brooks, a student in the School’s prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Program has been accepted at the University of Pittsburgh, Paterson Public Schools officials have announced.

Brooks, who was named to the first all-Passaic County Girls Winter Track Team for the 200-meter dash last year, will begin studying nursing at the university in the fall.

“This is wonderful news for Abbey-Gale, her family and all of us in the Paterson Public Schools,” Superintendent Eileen Shafer said, extending her congratulations to Abbey-Gale, as well as her parents who she said have also “worked very hard to bring their daughter to this very exciting and promising opportunity.”

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Shafer also offered gratitude to Abbey-Gale’s teachers and administrators “whose dedication to their work helped bring out the best in Abbey-Gale’s abilities.”

“We all wish her the best of luck and look forward to Abbey-Gale’s success in college.”

Brooks, who said she decided to pursue a medical career at the end of middle school, reflected that her parents immigrated from Jamaica and worked hard to ensure that she had better educational opportunities then they had.

“I chose nursing because it will help me gain the experience necessary for a smooth segue into the next steps towards my dream profession, which is becoming a neurosurgeon,” Brooks said.

Throughout her high school years, Brooks has successfully balanced her rigorous academics in the IB program with her extracurricular activities, including four years on Eastside High School’s varsity track and field team. She shadowed her own primary care doctor every Thursday and Saturday for a total of 120 hours and worked more than 300 hours of community service. 

“The IB program not only offered a multitude of rigorous courses to prepare me for college, but also provided me with resources that were very helpful towards my professional goals,” Brooks said of the rigorous academic program that stands as the only one of its kind in Passaic County and one of only 17 statewide.

Brooks is the fourth senior from International High School this year to be accepted into a world renowned university. Earlier this year, Emily Cruz was accepted by Johns Hopkins University and Cindy Munoz was accepted by the University of Pennsylvania. In April  school officials announced that Nicole Velecela will begin studying at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology in the fall. 

All four students intend to enter careers in the healthcare field.

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