Katharine Clark is the Columbia Station, Ohio, student graduating high school despite being born with cerebral palsy and a quadriplegic.

Katharine Clark


Though physically challenged, Clark completed her coursework on time, while singing in choir, and also competing in both the Special Olympics and 4H events.

“Everything she does on a day to day basis is double the energy than we would need,” said her grandmother, Linda Clark.

But Katherine never let it get her down and at the start of her freshman year, she set a goal for herself to walk across the stage on graduation day.

“I want to make my dad proud,” said Katherine. source

So with the help of her family, the staff at the high school and her health care aids, Katherine practiced for two years using special equipment to help her stand. It took one year just to learn how to use the device and another year to learn how to walk with it.

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