Madison Essig proved that anything is possible when she became the first student with Down Syndrome to graduate from Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C.
The young girl finished with a full diploma and a 3.7 GPA score. Her mother, Kimberly Templeton, is incredibly proud of her and shared how Madison had defied expectations ever since she was born.
Her mother told reporters that when Madison was born, the doctors said it was unlikely that she would be able to walk. At the time, the fact that she would one day read or write seemed like a distant dream.
But this young girl never let all the doubts stop her. When it became time for her to start school, many schools were hesitant to accept her because they worried that she would not thrive as well as other students.
Kimberly was determined that her child would grow up without being constantly labeled 'a kid with Down Syndrome."
She also wanted Madison to reach for high academic achievements so she fought hard to ensure her daughter was admitted into a regular school.
She was proud of Madison and knew that, as long as the girl was willing to work hard and achieve, she would support her all the way.
Madison not only excelled in Woodrow, she also broke a record. According to the school, no other student with Down Syndrome had ever graduated with a full diploma from any D.C. public school.
So, what's Madison's take on the whole thing? The young lady has an important advice for every young student. "Don't give up," she said.
She went on to explain that school may not be great all the time, but the experience will serve as 'a building block" to bigger stuff in the future.
The bright young lady hoped to help others with disabilities and her first step is to study disability and advocacy policy. The sky is truly the limit for this star.