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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.

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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Do You Know Someone Who Should be in the DSAMT Spotlight?

Do you know someone who should to be our Spotlight of the Month? Email a photo and a short explanation why to April@somethingextra.org

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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Meghan Maynard

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

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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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Sammy Martinez

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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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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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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