Since becoming the youngest American woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, Naperville’s Lucy Westlake has added two more titles.

National celebrity and local hero.

After safely descending from the highest point on the planet back to civilization, the 18-year-old took time to relax, celebrate and talk about the experience Friday morning on NBC’s “Today Show.”

“It was absolutely incredible,” she told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb from a hotel in Nepal. “I just couldn’t imagine that I was at the top of the world.”

Back home in Naperville, folks couldn’t be prouder.

“As is evident by her latest accomplishment, she is an incredibly unique young person who has accomplished a great deal in her 18 years,” said Dan Iverson, her cross country coach at Naperville North High School, “in this case doing something that literally no other American woman has ever done at so young an age.”

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