by Rick Karle WVTM 13
Something special is happening in Buhl, Alabama.
The town has 2,000 residents with big dreams.
Haley Rodriguez is living her dream, opening eyes.
It’s a dream that began only weeks ago.
Haley Rodriguez is an 18-year-old senior at Sipsey Valley High School.
At SVHS, everybody knows Haley.
Funny and kind, Haley loves hugs and kindness.
She also loves cheerleading.
Haley Rodriguez is a member of the Sipsey Valley cheerleading squad.
She’s a full-fledged member, taking part in cheers and mounts and athletic maneuvers.
She cheers full time, one of 26 students on the squad.
And Haley is not letting Down syndrome slow her down.
“Haley is letting people know what kids with special needs can accomplish”, mom Kimberly tells me.
“This is the first time that a child with a disability has been on the squad and she’s doing a great job.”
“The lesson learned is don’t judge.”
“Always remember how much a young person with Down syndrome can do.”
Haley plans on attending the Crossing Points program at the University Of Alabama.
The sky is the limit for Haley, who will learn life skills and be ready to conquer the world.
For now, Haley is enjoying her final year of high school.
In her first year as a varsity cheerleader.
So let’s give it up for Sipsey Valley cheerleader Haley Rodriquez.
Making 2,000 residents of Buhl, Alabama proud!