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article image13-year-old reaches top of Mt. Everest

By William Suphan     May 25, 2014 in World
Shortly after an avalanche which deterred seasoned climbers, an Indian teen becomes the youngest person to ever scale Mount Everest.
Nearly two weeks ago, a massive avalanche on Mt. Everest claimed 16 lives and caused many climbers to hold off on trying to climb the famous peak until next year. Malavath Purna, a 13-year-old girl from Andhra Pradesh, India, reached the summit today, becoming the youngest person to scale a mountain which is only a dream for many veteran climbers.
Accompanied by her friend, Sadhanapalli Anand Kumar, 18, Purna decided to brave the climb even when much more experienced climbers had decided to wait until a safer time, according to the Deccan Chronicle. They had help from a Chinese team of climbers as well as a mountaineer named Shekhar Babu.
Both teens were raised in poverty. Purna is from a farming family and Kumar's father is a cycle mechanic. The two were determined to prove themselves and show that, even coming from poverty, a person can accomplish great things.
Dr R.S.Praveen Kumar, from the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society, said “The duo conquered the Everest today morning. They proved to the world that poverty is no barrier once opportunities are created. We are proud of them."
Sixty-one years ago this week, Edmund Hillary was the first to reach the peak of Mt. Everest, inspiring another 4000 people to do so since then.
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