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Becker’s Ernie Brooks is a competition finalist

Becker’s Ernie Brooks is a competition finalist

Published on: April 27, 2020

Ernie Brooks and his fiancee Lizzie look out at the ocean in Hampton Beach NH.

Ernie Brooks and his fiancee Lizzie look out at the ocean in Hampton Beach NH.

Becker College’s Ernie Brooks has been named a finalist in the Ashworth by the Sea Story Contest.

Brooks is the assistant director of the College’s Center for Career Education & Advising and an advisor for Becker’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences.

According to the website for the historic Hampton Beach hotel, the contest is meant to help people remember life before the COVID-19 pandemic, with an eye towards the future.

“While cabin fever may be setting in, let’s take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about our favorite memories (new or old) of Hampton Beach,” the site advices. “Our favorite story has a chance to win a stay in an ocean view room and more.”

Built in 1912 by Colonel George Ashworth, the Ashworth by the Sea was one of the first hotels on Hampton Beach’s Ocean Boulevard. Brooks said he and his fiancée visit Hampton Beach, NH, every year and stay at the hotel.

“Lizzie and I truly love being at Hampton Beach, and every year when we come for our two-day experience, it is so beautifully, but quickly, lived,” he said. “It was so magical the first time we stayed overnight and had a first-in-life experience of putting our toes in the ocean during the dark of night. There seems to be no limit to how long I can look out at the ocean in wonder and awe, as I am in our picture.”

Hampton Beach isn’t just a place they love to visit. It also holds a special place in their hearts.

“We got engaged on the horse drawn chariot that strolled down Ocean Boulevard, as I said (and continue to say each time) ‘look at the ocean; it just goes on forever’ before asking her to be my forever,” Brooks said.

He started following the Ashworth Hotel and other Hampton Beach locations to stay updated on what goes on there and to see beautiful pictures of the ocean throughout the year.  And in doing so, he came upon the contest.

“I noticed the Ashworth Hotel post a contest to submit a photo and story for a chance to win a stay there,” he said.  “I learned recently that we are a finalist and I shared it on social media to ask for votes, which has been wonderfully shared by others.”

The story contest runs through the end of June. A link to the finalists, including Brooks, can be found at

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