The Spotlight

DSAMT recognizes and celebrates the achievements of individuals with Down syndrome of all ages and shares these with the community through The Spotlight.  Any individual in Middle Tennessee is eligible to be selected for The Spotlight, and those featured will receive a special gift from DSAMT.



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Keiston Flood

Keiston Flood recently participated in the Sparkle Pageant and was named “Mr. Lights Up the Room”. This is a perfect description of Keiston, because it is very rare to see Keiston out when he is not smiling and having a good time.  Keiston is an extremely intelligent young man who is often said to be kind, polite, and helpful, especially towards children. DSAMT staff members agree he is a great example of a young gentleman.

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Kristianna Young

Kristianna Young is a perfect example of beauty and grace.  She is an African American woman with Down syndrome who is making her mark. Kristianna was recently presented to society as a Debutante in the Cotillion Ball/Jabberwock sponsored by the Fortitude Foundation of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. She was crowned as the second runner up to Ms. Jabberwock. Kristianna also graduated from Pope John Paul II College Preparatory Academy in Hendersonville, TN in May of 2023. She plans to participate in the Transitions Program through Metro Nashville Public Schools in the fall, which is a vocational training program.

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Delaney Heflin

In January 2023, Delaney Heflin competed in the TN State Winter Games in Gatlinburg, TN for skiing. While there, she received 1st place in Alpine Slalom and 4th place in Alpine Downhill. This is especially extraordinary since Delaney only started participating in Special Olympics in spring, 2022 and this was a brand-new sport for her.

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Nathan Oliver

Over the course of just three months of working, BIG changes were seen in Nathan – and not just at work! Rather than needing lots of encouragement at Circle of Friends, Nathan willingly joined other participants in activities, fully participating in kickboxing, following all instructor directions.  We even caught him smiling several times.

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Josh Putman

Josh Putman has worked at the Madison Aaron’s for the last 12 months. Josh says he loves his job! He has met new people, has made friends, learns something new every day, and has even sold a washer and dryer! 

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Meghan Maynard

Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee is proud to present 2016 Self-Advocate of the Year Meghan Maynard!

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