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Starting her senior year!

 
 

Brooklyn Grady is looking forward to her senior year.

 

This isn’t the senior year Brooklyn Grady expected to have.

But the Granville High School student is determined to make the best of it.

She’s hoping to attend school in-person and participate in the I-TEC program at C-TEC, which focuses on employment skills.

Brooklyn has spend the last two summers participating in summer work experiences, through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

In 2019 she worked at Newark Care and Rehab and this summer she worked at Big Lots, where she enjoyed unloading items, stocking shelves and tagging merchandise.

She had to wear a mask every day, but enjoyed interacting with the customers.

After spending time at different job sites through I-TEC, Brooklyn is planning to apply for the Project SEARCH internship program at Licking Memorial Hospital.

Her ultimate goal is to work with children.

“I’d love to work at a childcare or daycare,” she said.

Brooklyn lives with kabuki syndrome, an extremely rare genetic disorder that affects her muscle tone.

Three years ago she started therapeutic riding at Hope Farm in Granville. She loves riding, and caring for the horses before and after each session.

“It helps her build her core muscles and helps her with hand-eye coordination,” said her mother, Michelle Cunningham. “If she misses for a while, you can definitely tell by the way she holds her upper body.”

It’s also a lot of fun, Brooklyn said. One of her favorite activities is to ride while balancing a ball on a spoon.

Brooklyn also loves the water, whether she’s doing aquatic therapy or swimming for fun. She is a member of the Granville High School swim team and swims the 50 free.

When she isn’t busy with school or activities, Brooklyn enjoys coloring, sticker books and diamond art.

She loves to create gifts for people, Michelle said.

“It’s very special because it’s something she works hard on and then gives away,” she said.

Despite some of the ways COVID-19 has changed the past five months, Brooklyn is still doing what she enjoys and is looking forward to this school year.

“She’s a hard worker and isn’t afraid to try anything,” Michelle said. “She gives everything her best shot. She’s going to do great things and we are excited to see!”

 

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