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Brinn Abbate

Grade: 12th
School: Central Catholic

Brinn Abbate was always small for her age. In 7th grade, she was only 52 inches tall and weighed just 50 pounds. As unfair as it was, Brinn was cruelly bullied in school because of her small stature. But instead of cowering and hiding away, Brinn learned to deal head-on with her bullies. And her strength and her confidence have made Brinn a role model and source of inspiration to everyone who knows her.

As a Senior Ministry Team member at Central Catholic, Brinn ministers to kids of all ages helping them learn to cope with their problems. And as a volunteer in countless community service organizations, Brinn has devoted herself to a life of service. Brinn is President of the CCHS Social Justice League, Secretary of the Key Club, and a member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars-Bishop Donohoe Chapter. Just a few of her many honors include the American Legion Award, the 2012 College Prep English III Award, and the CCHS Dance Award. Brinn, who has been an award-winning gymnast, was named a WAC Scholar Athlete for varsity gold and cheerleading. She is also an accomplished vocalist and dancer.

According to her nominating teacher, Brinn’s most significant accomplishment is that she has not only been accepted by her peers, she has become a leader that all students can come to for advice and empathy. After discovering why she was small for her age, Brinn began receiving growth hormone shots in December of 2007 and finished last May. She is now 5’4” and weighs 96 pounds. But, insists Brinn, “It’s not size, its determination” that counts. Brinn Abbate has earned every inch of her success with that attitude. Even though she may be small in size, she is definitely someone that everyone can look up to.

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