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Girl with Down Syndrome Shines in 4-H - featured June 25, 2010

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When defining the meaning of the term "having heart," a person might simply point to a photo of Kelly Thorp of Salinas and leave it at that.

Kelly, an 18-year-old North Salinas High School student who was born with Down syndrome, is an inspiration to most everyone who meets her. Her accomplishments are many and her smile infectious.

Consider what she did at last month's Salinas Valley Fair in King City:

She placed fifth out of more than 70 contestants in 4-H lamb showmanship in her age group and placed third in her sheep's weight class.

She received best of show for her scrapbook project.

She received four first-place ribbons for jams she made.

She received a couple of second-place ribbons in arts and crafts.

She received three second-place ribbons for photography.

And she won first place for her dairy heifer, Gabriella.

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Tags: News of the Week Down Syndrome Newsletter 25 June 2010