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Chinook's Anne Reed Overcomes Odds as a Two Sports Athlete

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There might be only six of them but the Chinook High School cheerleaders are loud and proud.

The proudest of all could be 15-year old Anne Reed. You can barely hear her but make no mistake: she loves the Sugarbeeters and people.

"Anne is just a people person," says cheer coach Kelly Warburton. "That is really what gives her a lot of her motivation and brings her the most joy. People are what brings her the most joy."

Anne can perform all the cheer routines despite having down syndrome--A genetic disorder that causes life-long intellectual disability.

"She learns them faster than some of the girls that were on the team," says senior cheerleader and captain Jordan Surber. "She's a quick learner and when she gets it down, she knows it. There's no having to repeat herself."

Anne is also taking speech therapy classes. It might be difficult for her to tell her own story but that's where she's inspired others to tell it for her.

"She's just so happy all the time," says Surber. "Even in the hallways it's just, 'Jordan, Hey!' And it's this big hug. It's great."

But it's only during Fall sports where she is rooting for the Beeters. Come winter, she gets off the sidelines and into the game. She plays for the JV girls basketball team. She's a welcome addition to the team that head coach Mollie Rose enjoys having on the squad.

"She really brings enthusiasm and excitement to the gym every day," says Rose. "She actually has a huge passion for the sport which is something you don't see in a lot of young athletes so that's great."

It's Anne's first year on the team and the seniors say she's had no problems fitting in.

"She's just kind of fun to talk to," says Beeters Senior Guard Hannah Weber. "Like she's always got something funny to say you can really just talk to her about anything and she'll entertain you for a long time."

Of course she brings her cheerleader spirit with her into the hardwood during practices and the games.

I hadn't seen her play Basketball before so I was glad that she was going to try it," says Warburton. "But I miss having her on our team too. And she was really successful member of our team so we miss her."

No matter what uniform she decides to wear those around her will tell you that they don't see her any differently from their fellow students. In fact they see her as a remarkable two-sport athlete who defies the odds.

"I just think anybody who gets the chance to know her will forever be changed," says Surber. Anybody with Down Syndrome... that will change your whole feelings about it. She's not different from anybody else. I don't believe that at all.

When Anne has the pom-poms she's cheering for the school.

When she's on the court, the school is cheering for her.

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