Brilliant student dies of brain anuerysm

From Washington Post writer Patricia Sullivan, some of her accomplishments:

After the family returned to Virginia, Burakow and four other Thomas Jefferson High School students became semifinalists in the Intel Science competition this year. Three hundred students were chosen nationwide. She was recognized for her research on amoebas and their brain function, which she hoped could lead to advancements in the study of such degenerative brain disorders as Alzheimer's. She planned to become a physician specializing in treating children with brain disorders. [...]

At Thomas Jefferson in Annandale, Va., Burakow was an all-America in lacrosse and captain of the lacrosse team, captain of the field hockey team, a swimmer and winner of an outstanding achievement award from the Women's Sports Foundation. She was a member of the student government. [...]

Burakow stopped to help as the second car raced away. She pulled severely injured 9-year-old twins from the burning vehicle and calmed their injured mother, who was pinned in the vehicle. She stayed on the scene and gave police a description of the driver and car that caused the accident. She testified in the trial, which led to a conviction. [...]

Thomas Jefferson is a magnet school which selects students and which students select. While she lived, at least Sasha was given the opportunity to make the most of her abilities at a place allowed her do so.

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