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Alumni News: Sarah Parrack

Originally posted March 11, 2019

Sarah Parrack (Class of 2017) was selected by the National Down Syndrome Society as their female self advocate of the year for a 2019 Champions of Change Award. There is one male and one female selected from across the nation.

She was nominated by a leader of the Oklahoma Youth Leadership Forum, which she attended during highschool as a delegate and returned the following year as a junior counselor. (This was special to us because we were not involved with her nomination in any way).

Sarah was invited to receive her award and be a part of the Buddy Walk on Washington, March 5-6, 2019 and to meet with Congressmen on Capitol Hill. This included one day in training on the current bills related to individuals with intellectual disabilities and one day meeting with Senators and Representatives and their staffs to lobby for these bills.

Sarah also shared a 2019 Tulsa Down Syndrome Association calendar, a pamphlet describing the Riverhawks Scholar Program at Northeastern University in Tahlequah, OK and about her experience as a member of the Oklahoma Special Olympics team at the USA games in Seattle, summer 2018, with each member of Congress that she met with. (And RSP info went to all of the Oklahoma Congressmen)

-- Rebecca Bostian Parrack