Greetings from the team at the OM@home blog, a blog about children and young people, written for children and young people . . . . For young people just like you, about young people who inspire us all at OM HQ.
Young people like Britanny Wenger . . . .
"When she was a toddler, it was always 'why, why, why?'" recalls her mom, Cami. "Everyone always said she'd get out of that phase by age three or four. But she's 17 and she's still asking those questions."
Little did anyone suspect that Brittany's ceaseless search for knowledge would, one day, stand to change the world . . . .
Yet that is indeed what the fantastic Floridian is striving to do.
That she is getting there is clear, for in recent days the teenager has claimed first prize at the Google Science Fair . . . .
This having created a complicated computer program that can detect breast cancer in a far less intrusive way, helping to ease the suffering of those with major health issues.
"I've had a lot of family members and a lot of family friends who have had cancer and, more specifically, breast cancer," explains Brittany, whose interest in all things scientific began following the premature birth of her brother and all the subsequent time the Wenger family spent in and around hospital wards. "I really grew to idolize the men and women in scrubs because I could really see what a difference they could make. It's really close to my heart to be able to make a tool for these doctors to help [other people]."
Brittany, from Sarasota, spent two years developing a program that has created quite a stir in scientific circles, putting hundreds of hours into the research that helped her beat the challenges of several thousand other entrants to claim first prize at Google HQ.
Her rewards include $50,000 in scholarship funds, a trip to the Galapagos Islands and the chance to spend time at Google Switzerland . . . .
Yet the real prize is worth so much more.
You see, Brittany has created a tool that could help countless people all across the planet and proved that, with determination, application and ambition, anyone can harness their own individual talents and put them to good use.
"There's no age limit," she adds. "It doesn't matter that I'm still in High School. Anyone can make breaks - it just takes hard work and dedication."
Here at OM HQ - where all our efforts are founded on hard work and dedication - we'd like to thank Brittany. For inspiring us and setting such a fine example. For helping people, and showing others the right path.
Think what you could achieve with a little hard work and dedication . . . .