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‘She’s going to overcome whatever it takes’: Meet the Leander cheerleader making a mark on her commu

‘She’s going to overcome whatever it takes’: Meet the Leander cheerleader making a mark on her commu


WEEK WITH THE ARRIVAL TOM:MIDDLE SCHOOL CAN BE A TOUGH TIME FOR KIDS… WITH BULLYING AND A LOT OF INSECURITIES. POTENTIALLY EVEN HARDER IF YOU HAVE DISABILITIES. HOWEVER AT A LEANDER MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE SURE ONE GIRL KNOWS HOW HAPPY THEY ARE TO HAVE HER. 00:01 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OCTOBER IS DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH.AT THE STILES MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME, THE SCHOOL’S CHEARLEADERS PUT ON A PERFORMACE MANY NEVER DREAMED POSSIBLE. NATS – CLAPPINGTHE GIRLS BEING RAISED UP BY HER TEAMMATES IS PRESLEY ROSS, A 7TH GRADER WITH DOWN SYNDROME.JEFF ROSS – PRESLEY’S DAD19:40 WHEN YOU SAW YOUR DAUGHTER THAT THEY SAID WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO DO THESE THINGS, SHOW THAT SHE CAN DO THESE THINGS, IT WAS A VERY PROUD PARENT MOMENT 19:51 PRESLEY FIRST TOLD HER PARENTS SHE WANTED TO BE A CHEERLEADER LJIM:AST YEAR.”BECAUSE IT’S FUN.” AN IDEA HER PARENTS MET WITH APPREHENTION. TEANA ROSS – PRESLEY’S MOM16:45 CONCERNS WITH PEOPLE PICKING ON HER… MAKING FUN 16:49 16:55 I WAS VERY NERVOUS ABOUT IT BUT GOSH SHE PROVED US WRONG 16:59 INSTEAD THE TEAM WELCOMED HER WITH OPEN ARMS… IMPRESSED BY HER ABILITY AND WORK ETHIC… NOT TO MENTION THE JOY SHE BRINGS.MICHELLE COVINGTON – CHEER COACH48:11 THAT SMILE, I MEAN YOU CAN’T HAVE A BAD DAY WHEN SHE’S AROUND YOU 48:15IN A SHOW OF SUPPORT THE GIRLS ARE WEARING RIBBONS FOR DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH.NAT – PRACTICEKATE ALVORD IS PRESLEY’S CLOSEST FRIEND ON THE TEAM AND SAYS SHE LEAVES EVERY PRACTICE INSPIRED.KATE ALVORD – CHEERLEADER9:51 SHE JUST CHEERS HER HEART OUT, LIKE WE SPIRIT AFTER AND SHE JUST KICKS AND JUMPS AND I MEAN, IT’S AMAZING 9:59BUT PRACTICE IS ONE THING… TO KNOCK IT OUT WHEN DURING A GAME WHEN ALL EYES ON YOU IS QUITE ANOTHER. MELODY MAPLES – STILES MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL 53:12 SHE’S GOING TO OVERCOME

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