Student with down syndrome lights up New York’s Times Square

Mobile County
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MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — A junior at Theodore High School is bigger than life! Her photo was featured on a jumbotron in Times Square this past weekend. 

Jakayla Penn has down syndrome. Her family entered her photograph in a National Down Syndrome Awareness contest, and it was selected. Her family traveled to New York City this past weekend to see her photo on the electronic billboard. Her mom, Jackie Penn, said she could barely get Jakayla to stand still when she saw the photo.

News 5 first profiled Jakayla in a What’s Working report in August. She’s a cheerleader at Theodore.  She is considered a superstar at her school!

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