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'Bright Lights, Big City'

Seneca Valley Senior Sarah Widenhofer will appear in the bright lights of Broadway on Saturday, Sept. 12. S. Widenhofer
The Cranberry Township teen is excited to be a part of the National Down Syndrome Society's (NDSS) annual Times Square Video presentation that features photographs highlighting children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome - and reminding the world in a very big way about the contributions and milestones of people with Down syndrome. These collective images promote the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
“This video is a terrific way to showcase some of the incredible individuals with Down syndrome living in our communities across the country,” says NDSS President & CEO Kandi Pickard. “It is something the community looks forward to every year.”   
The photo of Sarah was selected as one of 500 photographs that will appear in the video, streamed on NDSS social media from the heart of Times Square.
Sarah is pictured getting ready for the Miss 22Quties Special Needs Beauty Pageant last August in Cranberry Township.
The Times Square Video presentation kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The video presentation will be followed by the New York City Buddy Walk, which will take place virtually due to COVID-19. Buddy Walk events will be held virtually in more than 150 cities across the country, as well as select international locations, this fall with over 325,000 people participating around the globe. For information about the NDSS Buddy Walk Program, visit www.buddywalk.org or call 800-221-4602.
Seneca Valley Special Education Director Jerry Miller stated that “Sarah is a clear example of a student not letting her disability get in the way of her abilities.”
ABOUT NDSS
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome. NDSS programming includes the National Advocacy & Policy Center, which seeks to create systemic change through engaged advocacy; the National Buddy Walk® Program, which honors and celebrates individuals with Down syndrome in local communities across the world, and other programs that provide support, informational resources and community engagement opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and those who love and support for them. Visit www.ndss.org for more information about NDSS programs and resources.