by LINDA FRABL | photos by Spark Photography

Don’t even think of telling Brittany Werdeman, an 18-year-old 4S Ranch senior at Del Norte High School, that there is something she can’t do. She simply won’t let any hurdles stand in her way. Brittany emphasized, “I am willing to fight for what I want!”

It all began at a young age when Brittany consciously chose to participate in an activity not traditionally expected of girls. She recalled, “As a little kid, I would play football every day after school. I have loved sports for as long as I can remember.”

After overcoming that gender barrier, Brittany once again surpassed expectations by participating in a Naval Junior ROTC program; even though her high school didn’t provide it. She explained, “I attend Del Norte, but I go to Westview High School every morning for their NJROTC program. I had to drop AP Government so I could do it, but it is a decision I’m glad I made because it is the most enjoyable class I have ever taken.”

Don’t even think of telling Brittany Werdeman, an 18-year-old 4S Ranch senior at Del Norte High School, that there is something she can’t do. She simply won’t let any hurdles stand in her way. Brittany emphasized, “I am willing to fight for what I want!”

It all began at a young age when Brittany consciously chose to participate in an activity not traditionally expected of girls. She recalled, “As a little kid, I would play football every day after school. I have loved sports for as long as I can remember.”

After overcoming that gender barrier, Brittany once again surpassed expectations by participating in a Naval Junior ROTC program; even though her high school didn’t provide it. She explained, “I attend Del Norte, but I go to Westview High School every morning for their NJROTC program. I had to drop AP Government so I could do it, but it is a decision I’m glad I made because it is the most enjoyable class I have ever taken.”

After dabbling in dance for a few years in middle school, Brittany discovered her absolute favorite sport in high school – running (specifically cross country and track). Having achieved the Outstanding Field Girl Award for track and field in 2010, and the Coach’s Award in cross country in 2011, it’s no surprise that Brittany is now the Captain of Del Norte’s girls cross country team. She added, “Watching my girls work so hard to improve, and then being there when they reach their goals, is an inspiration every time.”

Brittany also imparts her leadership and academic skills by tutoring students in their Hebrew lessons at her temple, Ner Tamid Synagogue. Just last year Brittany was a Jewish Woman’s Foundation Scholar recipient. She plans to expand her foreign language expertise by studying Mandarin Chinese in college, with the eventual goal of becoming a naval officer for either intelligence or aviation.

In addition to everything else, Brittany is a link crew executive board member (where freshmen are linked with mentoring seniors), active in her school’s “Give a Little, Give a Lot” program, and President of the Radical Readers Club. As for the latter, she said, “I cannot remember a time when I didn’t enjoy reading. There are so many different books and each of them has their own unique story.” So too does Brittany have quite a motivating, unique story with an exciting future to be told.

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Name: Brittany Werdeman
Age: 18
School: Del Norte High School, Westview High School
Grade: 12
Parents: Kim & Steve Werdeman
Siblings: Ryan (15)