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CCU Family Featured Student

Name: Brooke Vu                                                                                           

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Year in School: Senior.                                                                 

Major: Marine Science             

Minor: Biology

Brooke is from Myrtle Beach

Brooke's Web Page * Brooke's Video


Brooke Vu stood on the Wheelwright Auditorium stage to thunderous applause. As the crown was placed on her head, it was evident to her that the emotion and triumph of the evening would not soon be forgotten.

“That moment was an extremely humbling moment,” reflects Brooke, who was named the 2017-18 Miss Teal and Bronze last October. “I was so excited to be given the chance to represent my school at Miss South Carolina.”

While Brooke’s pageant victory might go down as her most memorable Coastal moment, it’s not to say that she hasn’t had other special CCU experiences both before and after her big evening last fall.

Before winning her title, Brooke was enjoying all that CCU had to offer. Whether it be building relationships with faculty, participating in the Coastal Sea Turtle Club, or cruising the area’s waters to collect samples from a local estuary, she enjoyed a fulfilling experience prior to winning the crown. As one might expect, her life would soon get busier. After the pageant, Brooke decided to use her new platform to serve the most vulnerable. She became involved with children’s hospitals, especially McLeod Children's Hospital in Florence. She also threw her support behind the Children’s Miracle Network.

Being the reigning Miss Teal and Bronze is an honor most would envy but it comes with plenty of stress. There is pressure to be everywhere and to perform well at the Miss South Carolina Pageant. At times it could be a little overwhelming.

“I have had to face many ups and downs this past year,” Brooke confesses. “But I am so happy I got to finish the year strong and I can’t wait for what’s next.”

Hopefully for Brooke, a career in sea turtle rehabilitation is what’s next. She wants to put her marine science degree to good use and help the animals she loves. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What’s really next is her senior year. Our hope is that Brooke enjoys the remaining time left in her Miss Teal and Bronze term but still manages to enjoy the simple pleasures of being a regular student.


Fall Semester 2018

Nicole Pippo

Savannah Arriola

Lauren Berman

Amani Phipps

Erin Dean

Ian Brooking

Brooke Vu

Spring Semester 2018 

Tyler McKee

Rachel Fullerton

Alexis Bothe

Courtney Sabo

Ken Wilson

Gavin Carnahan

Chase Newsome

Tori Smith

Mark Wright

Jessica Vasiliades

Alley Rivers

Madalynn Marrone

Kelsey Kramer

Carly Hilton

Taylor Humphries

Sarah Hess

Amelia Smith

ArRon Washington

Dallina Vera

Rachael Cormier

Kaleb Jenkins

Andi McDanel

Lyndsay Conroy

Ben Anderson

J.J. Jenkins

Michael Perrotto

Alexis DiMarzo

Kiki Sirett

Jake Sarver

Sydney Brown

Ed Perrine

Kinga Windisch

Mike Cahill

Trevor Carver

Paul Wedel

Danny Schneider 

Lanie Karstrom

Patrick Dempsey

Alice Cetinkaya

Huston Todd

Gillian Ronayne

Sarina Stasi

Matthew Welch

Emilee Hassanzadeh

Olivia Bertelsen

Fall Semester 2017

Tiffany Johnson

Christopher Mathis

Shonte Clement 

Nathan Paschal

Alex Lucas

Eriq Bruce

Megan Garrell

Samantha Parnell

Patrick Winum

Rachael Larsen

Anna Beck

Michael Baney

Hattie Jordan

Lauren Levesque

Francesca Caravella

Leah Alford

Brittany Southerland

Michele Enanga

Erica Armellino

Dylan Masiello

Saaya Morikawa

Rich Fruchterman

Paris Winters

Nick Orr

Mikayla Morris

Whitney Forlines

Parag Desai

Chanice La Touche

Kenneth Stillwell

Madison Wolf

Ashley Siehl

Elizabeth Slusher

Reanna Schnubel

Lisa Saguto

Stephanie Roa

Mary Jo Rufo

D'Quondre Gadson

Kaylea Gassaway

Christy Salinari

Abby Barnes

Shelby Mullins

Dylan Boston

Francesca Solano

Taylor Moon

Cory Cribb

Katelin Gandee

Brendan Cullen

Rebecca Roberts

Spring Semester 2017

Caitlyn Hinnerschitz  

Melanie Masciarelli    

Lizzy Mottola

Wyatt Davies

Samantha Fallon

Kasandra Young

Katie Estabrook

Kevellin Sanders

Cloé Bourdages 

TJ Kilbride

Broderick Daniel

Darien Mayes

Alice Riley

Noah Whitlock

Maggie Head

Moira Murphy

Ashley Pribble

LaQuasha Brown

Dalton Hedrick

Hanah Stoudt

Emily Gore

Veronica Xifaras-Piva

Maddy Saunders

Lina Nelson

Leroy Simmons

Lauren Lettiere

Brooks Leibee

Kae Huang

Emily Rossi

Brittany Alford

Alex Symcak

Blake Graham

Bessie Wilson

Taylor Dawsey

Megan O'Shea

Lexi Flynn

Halice Schoonover

Kyla Hilty

Tyrone McKenney

Jakayla Bailey

Louis Coppola

Kelly Kapur

Gabrielle Poston

Whitney Hawkes


Fall Semester 2016

Deontre’ Wynn

Jessica Hughes

Tessa Calhoun 

Brandon Brown

Taylor Anderson

Miranda Gilkerson

Theresa Calabrese

Jared Glass

Kelly McConnaughey

Alichia Leavy

Jarius Mcmillian

Deej Inge

Meghan Gianforte

Jamal Lucas

Lindsey Hanks

Ross Kunmann

Mariah Ellis

Ryan Davis

Ashlynn Solomon

Samantha Schoener

Rice Fazio

Alex English

Megan Foster

John Simcox

Madeline Morgan

Cassidy Brown

Devon Brownlee

Shayla Anderson

Morgan Howder

J.P. McLaurin

Red Woodford

Meghan Hess

Malcolm Albino

Becky Krivanek

Jordan Gobble

Lizeth Alcantar

Ethan Olkovikas

Monica Trepiccione

Ashley Shaw

Taylor Landis

Jessica Meenaghan

Ashley Sanders

Hunter Queen 


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Coastal Carolina University is proud to present one of our most popular social media features, #CCUfamily. During the 2016-17 academic year, three students will be highlighted per week. Features will be published on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Students will be featured across the official social media channels of Coastal Carolina University and on this website.

Students and staff featured are nominated by a member of the Coastal community. If you have questions about this campaign or would like to nominate a student or an alumnus or alumna, please contact Brent Reser