Seventeen picks 'Pretty Amazing' finalists in cover contest
Kimberly Anyadike of Los Angeles, above left, is a record-setting pilot at age 18. She's also a member of the graduating class and class vice president at the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, plans to attend UCLA, takes dance classes, hikes, surfs and hopes to become a cardiovascular surgeon for Doctors Without Borders.
Then there's Lindsay Brown, 21, right, from Newport Beach, who plays soccer at the University of Notre Dame. She created her own no-profit organization called the SEGway Project, which empowers girls through academics and athletics to help them to escape the cycle of poverty and become leaders.
They both sound pretty amazing.
The folks at Seventeen magazine thought so too and have named the young women as two of five finalists in their "Pretty Amazing" cover contest. All five will be flown to New York for a luncheon with Seventeen editors and actress Emma Roberts. One winner, to be announced in September, will appear on the magazine's October cover and win a $20,000 scholarship sponsored by Neutrogena.
The girls' fans can log on to www.seventeen.com/prettyamazing to vote for their favorite finalist. The votes will be considered when the final decision is made by Seventeen Editor in Chief Ann Shoket, Roberts (who is Neutrogena's brand ambassador) and Jared Eng of the JustJared entertainment blog.
The other finalists are ballet dancer Chloe Freytag of Wayzata, Minn.; fashion designer Lindsay Giambattista of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and Brittany McMillan of Surrey, British Columbia, who started an annual Spirit Day to show support for LBGT teens as a response to bullying.
“Our readers are doing amazing things -- helping those in need, dedicating themselves to causes they’re passionate about, setting seemingly impossible goals and achieving them, and most of all, inspiring others to do the same,” Shoket said in a news release.
It sounds to me as if they're all winners.
-- Susan Denley
Photos: Kimberly Anyadike of Los Angeles, left, and Lindsay Brown of Newport Beach are finalists in Seventeen's "Pretty Amazing" cover contest. Credit: Seventeen