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Bloomington salutatorian driven to compete, succeed

By Sara Sneath
June 3, 2014 at 1:03 a.m.

Brittany Wallace, 18, talks with a teammate in a dugout at the O'Connor Athletic Complex while waiting for her turn to bat during Saturday's High School All Star softball game. The Bloomington High School salutatorian also played volleyball, basketball and ran track during her high school career.

Brittany Wallace doesn't look like the competitive type. The 18-year-old from Bloomington is quiet, humble and smart.

But under her well-manicured manners is a drive that's made her an all-star athlete and, most recently salutatorian of her high school class.

"Put her where she's going to compete, and she brings it," Brittany's mother, Blanca Wallace, said.

Brittany and the 43 other graduates of her class have been accepted to Victoria College.

Her mother and father didn't go to college. Both were raised by single mothers and went directly into the workforce after high school.

"They pushed me to get a better education because they didn't get a chance to go to college," Brittany said.

Higher education may not be a part of her family tree but an unyielding work ethic is.

"I would see my daughter come home from a game and stay up into the wee hours of the morning to get her homework done," Wallace said about her daughter. "I just admire her personal drive to be the very best she can be at everything that she participated in."

Though she hasn't decided on a major yet, Brittany is leaning toward a career in the medical field and hopes to play basketball in college.

Brittany's mom isn't too concerned about her daughter starting college without a declared major.

"I just tell her to keep her mind open," Wallace said.

Wallace knows her daughter will excel at whatever career path she chooses. But more importantly, she'll continue to set a good example for her five younger siblings.

"I've always told my daughter, 'No matter where you are in life, I'll always be your biggest fan.' I think a lot of parents would have appreciated raising a Brittany," Wallace said. "We're just really proud of her."

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