Puyallup High School
Brittany was born in Puyallup, where she has lived her entire life. She attended Shaw Road Elementary and Kalles Junior High School, where she had the opportunity to have many great teachers that have encouraged and mentored her throughout her education. Brittany is a senior at Puyallup High School, where she has been actively involved in the school's journalism program for three years. She has been sports editor of the school newspaper, "Viking Vanguard," for two years. Brittany received an honorable mention citation for sports writing, and a fifth place, Best of Show, for the fifth edition of the Vanguard, at the 2007 National NSPA/JEA journalism conference in Denver, Colorado. She grew up ice skating at Sprinker Recreation Center, beginning at the age of 3, and has been skating competitively for 10 years. This year just for fun she was determined to be part of a team sport, so she became a member of her high school's girl's tennis team. The past three years, Brittany has been battling a debilitating muscle neuron disease, which has weakened her right hand and limits what, and how much, she can do. Brittany has not let this stop her as she has learned many ways to compensate. In addition to ice skating, tennis and the school newspaper, Brittany plays in Puyallup High's symphonic winds band and orchestra and the marching band. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the student council and the Diversity Club. Brittany will be attending Washington State University in the fall 2008. She plans on pursuing a degree in Communications, though at this time she has not decided between print or broadcast journalism. She also would like to continue her education in photography and incorporate photography with her journalism to tell people's stories. Her journalism teacher's motto is "Everyone has a story to tell," and Brittany wants to be there to tell those stories.