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By Abby Gross

In over fifty years since the first person scaled Mount Everest, fewer than 3,000 people have triumphed over the highest mountain on earth. But this May, 18-year-old Samantha Larson became the youngest to have reached the top of the 29,029-foot peak, located in Nepal.

In over fifty years since the first person scaled Mount Everest, fewer than 3,000 people have triumphed over the highest mountain on earth. But this May, 18-year-old Samantha Larson became the youngest to have reached the top of the 29,029-foot peak, located in Nepal.

A recent graduate of Long Beach Polytechnic High School in southern California, Samantha has been working her way “up” to Mount Everest with her dad, tackling the highest mountain on each continent before embarking on the mountain the Nepali people call “Sagarmatha,” or “Head of the Sky.”

Mountain climbing is a dangerous yet exciting sport. While mountaineers risk death or injury by falling rocks, avalanches, extreme weather, and accidents, they are also able to find a true sense of accomplishment — as well as amazing views.

“We made it to the top!” wrote Samantha Larson on May 16, right after reaching the summit of Mount Everest. “Now all we have to do is get back down…”

But since this teenager has conquered the “seven summits” — in Chile, Australia, Tanzania, Russia, Alaska, Antarctica, and now on the border between Nepal and China — for Samantha Larson, college should be a walk in the park!