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Carbon teen qualifies as "Extraordinary" ordinary


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Nina Shrewsbury can be described as "amazing". However, Lighthouse principal Karlene Bianco indicates that Nina would respond to this praise by repeating "I'm just an ordinary kid."

For the most part, she achieves her goal. She is an ordinary kid who ran in a 5K race, placed second in the Miss Lighthouse Pageant, and recently won first place in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Writing Contest.

Her entry will now move on from the local to the district VFW writing competition.

Her entry answered the question, "Does our generation have a role in the future?" Nina indicated that her answer primarily focused on the idea that the "students today will have a role in the future and that role is very influenced by the little lessons taught by parents."

What makes her "extraordinary" is that she accomplishes all of this and manages a serious vision impairment. She has to accommodate for the vision that most people take for granted. Fortunately, advanced technology has made this process much easier and much better.

Just like most "ordinary" teenagers, Nina has a boyfriend who is blind and lives in Price. The two of them plan to attend the College of Eastern Utah next fall. Nina plans to major in social work.

As part of her experience in Carbon School District, Nina has had an opportunity to attend a special camp called "U Win" sponsored by the Utah Foundation for the Deaf and the Blind where she had a job experience working at the State Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She indicated that she "focused primarily on learning office skills" and maintains that it was a "very good experience."

Nina Shrewsbury will celebrate her first place with other VFW Writing Contest winners at a school board recognition on December 8th.

Other winners include Lighthouse students Kale Cotner, Matt Timothy, and Tiffany McCurdy. In addition, Samantha Tatton from Carbon High School will also be honored. Nina's entry will now go to the district level.

Mrs. Bianco said that "Nina's kindness and positive attitude" are extraordinarily ordinary!"

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