If life is a bowl of cherries, Lindsey Brinton is gobbling them up pits and all and swallowing them whole.
"Life is very fast-paced for Lindsey," said her mom, Sally Brinton. "She just came that way. She came with an enthusiasm for life, and she lives more in 24 hours than anyone I know."
The West High senior's frenetic pace, however, is marked by just how well she does the things she loves.
Student body president, homecoming queen, Miss Utah's Outstanding teen, starting member of West High varsity girls basketball team, concert pianist, accomplished dancer, a member of West's high honor roll (3.99 GPA).
And just which of the many accomplishments are Sally and Gregory Brinton most proud of?
"She's just a really nice girl," said her mom Sally Brinton. "She really values people."
Combine her jaw-dropping list of accomplishments with her obvious physical beauty and she seems the perfect teenage girl that everyone would love to hate. But West High head coach Ronnie Stubbs said not only is Brinton "a wonderful person," but so are her teammates. Not only do they accept her, they revel in all of those accomplishments as well.
"She is very down to earth, and we have a very unique group of girls on this team," he said. "Last year we went down to Provo to hear her play; we went out to dinner as a team first and then went to her concert ... They're proud of her. They're proud to have her be a part of the team."
Brinton's hustle and long arms make her a great defender, while she can also knock down a 3-point shot just when the Panthers need one. Her talents have helped the team to a 2-0 region start.
"She's a competitor," Stubbs said. "She's just a hard worker. She's a perfectionist and everything she does, she does to the best of her ability. She comes out and hustles."
Stubbs calls her personality "bubbly" and said she never "acts like she's better than anyone else ... She is just a pleasure to be around."
Sally Brinton said Lindsey, the sixth of seven children, grew up in a musical family and has loved piano and dance all her life. She started playing Junior Jazz basketball in second grade, which "allowed her to show her feistiness."
Lindsey admits piano is probably her passion but can't imagine life without any of the activities in her life.
"I like to do a lot of things," she said. "That's why I'm so busy. What usually gets eliminated is my sleep, but I'm doing better at that."
Lindsey Brinton said she tried a lot of other activities, like gymnastics and swimming, but "these are the things I've gravitated to. My friends sometimes like to embarrass me, but it's all fun."
Like when Brinton won Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant. She got the idea because her mother was Miss Utah in 1972, she said, and often talked about the helpful scholarship money she earned. So she gave it her all, and surprise, she won. She then traveled to Orlando in August for the Miss USA Outstanding Teen competition and was the first runner up. She earned $24,000 in scholarship money.
"That will be a great help in paying for college," she said. Brinton found herself on billboards and in parades, which she said gave her friends new material with which to tease her. Her platform in the competition was fitness and healthy eating, and she modeled a specially made basketball uniform for the competition.
She said she'd never encountered anyone with an eating disorder until she was invited to attend dance classes at Julliard School of Dance and Joffrey Ballet in New York.
"Their stories were really sad; that's not a way to stay healthy," she said. "I know if I continue to play basketball and tennis and eat healthy, I'll always be fit."
That was the message she took to school children as she fulfilled her duties as Miss Utah Outstanding Teen.
Brinton also tutors kids at Frankin Elementary in her spare time.
Sally Brinton said that she has talked to her daughter about how busy she is and that maybe she might want to do less. She's planning to graduate with a full International Baccalaureate Degree and has already been accepted to Stanford. She hopes, however, to follow her older sister, Stephanie, to Harvard.
"Telling her that doesn't change things," said her mom with a laugh. "There just aren't enough hours in the day to do everything she wants."
And just like her Panther teammates, she's hoping her senior year is about more than having a good time with her friends."We are fighting for the title," she said.
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