Most of us will never personally meet 17-year-old Brittany Wenger, but many of us will certainly feel her impact in the world of medicine.
Brittany just won the prestigious Google World Science Fair in California. Out of 2,000 young participants around the world, her invention of a computer program to detect breast cancer got the top prize.
"For the judges, who are the who's who of science, I had the father of the internet, I had a chemistry Nobel laureate judging me," she says. "For them to award me top prize is so honoring and says my work can make a difference in the world."
Brittany is a senior at Out-of-Door Academy in Lakewood Ranch. She started working on the project two years ago, but her mom Cami Wenger says it wasn't easy. She had a few "do overs" along the way.
"She's willing to give up Friday nights or going out or whatever it took to get this to work," Cami said.
Her new program will be a less invasive, more accurate way to test of breast cancer. Brittany says her creation is hospital ready.
Aside from the fame and glory, she also gets a $50,000 scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos Islands and an internship with a top scientific research organization.
It's an exciting time for this teenager, whose life is changing, while her work is poised to change lives.
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