BALSAM LAKE, Wis. - In Balsam Lake, Wis. the bright red city water tower stands high above the sleepy town. Further nestled into the trees and aforementioned lake is Unity High School where a young woman has managed to take advantage of all the opportunities that growing up in a small town can offer.
"I've been told that I'm one of the most competitive people some people know," says Unity senior Brittany Thomforda.
Brittany's competitive will has manifested itself in many ways, including district and state honors for the alto clarinet. And then there are the sports Brittany plays. A three-sport athlete, Brittany is a four-year letter winner and a captain in volleyball, basketball and softball earning a trophy case full of team records and all-conference honors along the way.
"I don't like to be second to anyone," says Brittany. "I always do whatever I can to be first and be the best."
And that includes in the classroom where Brittany is #1 in her class of 78, co-valedictorian, president of the National Honor Society, president or vice-president of the 4H club the last five years, band secretary, class officer and secretary for the student council.
Says Brittany, "I go to sports after school and then clubs and my work is on the weekend and I'm able to do my homework after sports practice every night."
Somehow in the midst of all her accomplishments Brittany found the time to log 385 volunteer hours and bus tables at the local supper club on weekends.
"I'm really dedicated to what I do and I'm hard working," says Brittany. "I don't settle for not being the best."
Brittany plans to take her drive to be the best to University of Wisconsin - Superior in the fall where she will play both basketball and softball and where she plans to major in secondary math education.
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