This Paschal senior has Down syndrome – and a passion for her school color guard

Ryan Osborne:

Kendall Walker did little to stand out Thursday night as the Paschal High School band performed on the turf of Farrington Field.

And that’s part of why her story is so inspiring.

Walker, a senior at Paschal, has Down syndrome. But on Thursday, as she has for several years now, Walker twirled her orange-and-black flag and danced as well as anyone else in the Paschal color guard.

“For a parent of a special-needs child, this is inclusion at its very best,” said Tracy Walker, her father. “I think we sell special-needs people short. We just make the assumption that she doesn’t have the intellect or she doesn’t have the capability.”

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