GREAT NECK, NY (WCBS 880) – She has brains, beauty, and a sense of humor – and 17-year-old Michelle Hackman has never let being blind keep her from her goals. Like some other folks who face the disability, she’s determined not to let it slow her down.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall with Michelle Hackman

Born with coloboma – a hole in a key part of the eye – this Great Neck North High School senior lost her sight at the age of 8.

That hasn’t kept her from seeing the bigger picture. Michelle’s research about how teenagers act when their cell phones are taken away garnered her a spot as one of only 40 Intel finalists across the country.

Michelle is very modest about the honor – especially since she’s living with a condition 8 out 10 people deeply fear.

“Because I was honestly doing this research just with the intention of finding something cool, and the fact that it’s really impacted science on a national level, is incredible to me,” Michelle told WCBS 880 Long Island reporter Sophia Hall.

Michelle has been accepted into Yale and plans a dual major of psychology and political science. One day, she says she may want to be a journalist.

Are you impressed by Michelle’s achievement? Sound off in the comments section.

Comments (8)
  1. Kim says:

    Congrats on such a fine accomplishment. You have a very bright future ahead of you. I can’t wait to see what else you discover / accomplish.

  2. linux says:

    go Michelle go Michelle. God bless you, keep goingin you can do it all in christ who strengthens you.

  3. esther says:

    sooo proud of her.

  4. Maddy says:

    fats you are awesome!

  5. Esther says:

    She’s the most complete teenager I know. Envy of all other moms!

  6. nada hakimi says:

    She’s an inspration to us all.

  7. Josh says:

    Michelle you’re famous!! Love you.

  8. xmatman says:

    An amazing young lady and a trailblazer already!

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