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Blind LDS Student Honored
Deseret News 26Apr00 P2
By Jennifer Toomer-Cook: Deseret News staff writer

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- On Wednesday, April 19th, five Utah students were honored with $1,000 scholarships from the Utah Education Association's Children At Risk Foundation. The foundation is trying to recognize the accomplishments of children that have overcome significant adversity. One of those recognized was LDS student Blaine Shelton, who is blind.

Shelton, from Layton, Utah, is one of the many athletes working to qualify to compete in the Paralympics in Sydney this summer. Shelton has not let his blindness slow him down. He runs a 4:39 minute 1500-meter and is determined to shave 20 seconds off his time before the competitions begin. His two goals in life are to go on a mission and to the Olympics.


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