Shawn and her prom date Nicholas Jones dance the night away (photo by Claire Thompson)
by Ethan Dial/school news editor
She walks through the halls just as any other senior in high school, but she does it joyfully despite everything she has been through in life. This year senior Shawn Morehart will graduate as the first Down Syndrome student who is enrolled in regular classes.
Throughout her journey at Central, Shawn has impacted many including both students and teachers.
“She makes you appreciate life. She’s my best bud,” Trishyonna Hughes, Shawn’s one on one instructor said.
Shawn attends many classes including choir, which she says is her favorite class. In choir Shawn has performed at choir concerts under the instruction of Scott Whitfield.
“I don’t normally use the word sweet, but Shawn Morehart is one of the sweetest students I have ever known,” Whitfield said.
Shawn loves to sign and is also involved in her Youth Prayz Team at Life Line Baptist Church where she enjoys leading in worship with fellow youth including Central Jasmine Hooper who is also in Shawn’s Psychology and Sociology class.
“She has showed me her true meaning of love, care, and support as a friend. If I was mad, sad, or happy she would always embrace me every time, hugging me or asking me how I was doing. Shawn is a good friend. I thank God that I had the chance to meet her and be there for her every step of the way. I hope Shawn will continue to puruse her dreams that she wants to accomplish. I know she can do it! Shawn is a true inspiration to me and other people that she knows, she has shown me things that I needed to see clearly,” Jasmine said.
Shawn is a very special person to many, especially her mother Stacey Morehart, who feels blessed to have Shawn in her life.
“I was never more scared that when I found out Shawn was coming, but I know we are not given opportunities in life that we cannot handle. I was meant to be her mother, and she was meant to do great things. It has not been easy, but Shawn has given me more joy, more pride and more understanding of how we should all view life,” Morehart said.
Shawn has impacted many with her positivity and the way she looks at the world. One of those people is Shawn’s best friend. Grace Dickerson, who attends church with her every Sunday and Wednesday.