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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Cailyn Wheaton

LittleBIG Dog Treats is pretty much a one woman show, and Cailyn literally does it all from following the recipes, coming up with new treats, cutting and laying out treats for baking, bagging, labeling, setting up for sales, passing out information cards, meeting customers and their dogs and collecting the money for sales. It seems the only thing she does not do is taste test the treats - that is her dog Briley’s job.

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Kaely Huck

Kaely learns dance at The Centre School of Dance, a worship-oriented dance school. Her mother, Sherry, says she has been dancing for six years, and that it’s just another aspect of her daughter’s love for physicality.

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Sophia Horvath

Sophia is a junior at Mount Juliet High School and was recently elected to the homecoming court in September. Sophia is a social butterfly who can't go go anywhere without someone knowing her.

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Claire Davis

Claire, who is about 18 months old, has Down syndrome, and has been in the hospital more than most people will in their entire lives.

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Sharmane Pearson

Sharmane has won four Special Olympics World Games medals, and is a favorite at DSAMT events because of her joy and humor. 

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Luz Jirasko and Rodrigo Martinez speak with DSAMT about their 18 month old miracle, Sammy, who is in for one of his last rounds of chemotherapy.

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