Malala Yousafzai picks Bethesda teen’s essay as contest winner

Oct 11, 2013 by

Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai selected an essay written by a Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School senior named Julia Fine, 17, as the winner of a CNN contest for teens to write about being inspired by the young Pakistani.

Malala, an advocate for education for girls, was shot by a Taliban gunman on Oct. 9, 2012, as she was returning home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, where she lived. She had blogged anonymously against a Taliban ban on girls attending school but later become known for her advocacy. Malala survived the shooting and had intensive rehabilitation in England before continuing to champion the cause of education for girls.

Malala selected Julia Fine’s from hundreds of essays in the contest, which asked teens to answer this question: “What specifically has Malala done to inspire you?” Julia traveled to New York City on Thursday to meet Malala and to attend an interview with Malala and CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour that will be broadcast on Sunday night as part of a show called “The Bravest Girl in the World.”

Malala Yousafzai picks Bethesda teen’s essay as contest winner.

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