Local girls win scholarship

DATELINE: September 10, 2008 Brittany Blythe, of Chester, and Areej Hassan of Northeast Philadelphia are the recipients of full college scholarships; a new award, established by the widow of philanthropist, Walter Annenberg. It is an honor given to only six students nationwide.

"We were looking for young people who have an inner a strength that will allow them to continue to overcome challenges," Gail Levin, the Annenberg Foundation Executive Director, said,

Brittany Blythe, a senior at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, was born without thumbs or shinbones; she had to have her legs amputated at age 2.

Brittany's mother died two years ago., but she never wasted one second feeling sorry for herself; she became a cheerleader, a model, and earns A's and B's in school.

"I want to do some type of law, I want to do some type of teaching, probably elementary school teaching, and I want to do counseling for high school students," Brittany said.

Areej Hassan is a senior at Norheast High. Her parents fled Sudan when she was an infant, then moved to Phila.when she was 9.

By 7th grade, Areej was a straight-A student, and hopes to attend Penn or Harvard, where she took classes this summer.

She can't decide yet whether she wants to be a doctor or a lawyer, but she knows she wants to take her skills back to Sudan.

"I just want to go back and help all those poor sick people and if I do choose to become a lawyer then justice is also needed in Sudan, as well," Areei said.

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