HIRAM Area student to attend D.C. leadership event

Laura Nethken Published:

Brittany Vanderink of Hiram is one of 400 National Scholars from around the country who has been selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference from March 25 to 30 in Washington, D.C.

The theme of NYLC is The Leaders of Tomorrow Meeting the Leaders of Today. During the conference, Vanderink will interact with key elected officials, political appointees and newsmakers from the three branches of government, the media and the international community.

Vanderink plays softball for the Maddogs 18&U Gold team out of Alliance and for the Crestwood High School Red Devils. She was selected as first-team Portage County League her freshman year and was voted CHS most valuable player and best offensive player for the year. Her batting average of .615 and 59 hits and 53 stolen bases are sixth on the Ohio High School Record Board.

During the summer, she was selected as an ASA All American Softball Player, which is the first for a girl from the state of Ohio. She ran track her sophomore season for the Red Devils after shoulder surgery prevented her from playing softball.

She was PCL Champ in the 200 meter and a member of the PCL Champion 4x100 and 2x200 relay teams. She also placed second in the 100 meters.

Although she spends most of her time practicing her softball, she is active in the student council and was a cheerleader for two years. This year, she was selected as Junior Homecoming Princess for Crestwood High School.

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