With the school year winding down, many students are trying to figure out what to do this summer. But one junior high student already can't wait for the next school year.
Lily Smith is 14 and will be in ninth grade next year at Eisenhower Junior High, and she's going to be on the cheerleading team for the first time. It's also the first time this school will have a cheerleader who has Down syndrome. It seems so simple — cheerleaders cheer to get crowds to cheer. But any cheerleader can tell you it's so much more than that. There's makeup, pictures, pom-poms, and hugs — lots and lots of hugs. Something Lily is good at.