STAR Awards

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2023 STAR Award Application 

A star was chosen to represent the Down Syndrome Indiana for several reasons:


Parents, siblings, educators, and other friends and family often describe individuals with Down syndrome as “stars”, or the center of attention. The star logo recognizes that quality, and reminds us of our need to challenge ourselves and society to see all individuals with Down syndrome for their contributions to their community.


A star has long been a symbol of achievement. The star logo reminds us of the importance of all “achievements” of individuals with Down syndrome.


As a group of people familiar with the history of Down syndrome and its treatments, we recognize that we are still at the beginning of our journey to discover the full potential of individuals with Down syndrome. The star represents our collective reaching for a brighter future for all individuals with Down syndrome.

Each year, Down Syndrome Indiana celebrates all individuals that have been instrumental in continuing their mission within the Down syndrome community. Three dedicated individuals who have made a long-term contributions to the Down syndrome community will be honored with the reception of the reputable “STAR Award”.

If you would like to nominate someone special for a “STAR Award”, please contact Liz Garner, DSI Volunteer Coordinator at Please note that while we appreciate their many contributions, DSI Staff Members are ineligible for this award.

Thank you,

Down Syndrome Indiana

Past STAR Award Recipients


Knights of Columbus Bishop Fulcher Council #12387

Kelley Schreiner

Billie Butler

Katie Scofield


Heather Gregg

Copass-Israels Family

Hatchett Family

Jennifer Buechler


Cristina Santamaria Graff

Allison Boyll

Kasey Sigler

Ricky Hull


Charlene Guthrie

Shelley Needler

Scott Marlow

Katie Cortelyou


Matt Parrott

Kris Strohmeyer

Dr. Joshua Greene

Cathy Ballenger


Dixie Russell

Sandy and Kerry Miller

Alissa Kahl


no awards given this year


Renee Petrie

Kelly Gillespie


John Hickey

Crystal Dyer

Sara Hawkins

Rachel Swinford


Angie Cain

Don Crane

Kyra Noerr

Sierra Hoffman


Kim Dodson

Angie Everton

Jean Updike


Cathy Ramsey

Montgomery Aviation

Patricia Finkley


Ann Gibson

Katie Shaw

Kate von Eiff


Mary Delaney

Charlene Davis

Terry Allen and WalMart


The Glowner Family

Texas Roadhouse

Jan Huffman

Dr. John Brown

Dr. Mark Turrentine

Cindy Cobb

Midwest Orthotics and Technology

Mr. Bob Harvey

Robbin Lyons

Beth DeHoff

Dr. Katie Stanton

Mark Hubler

Dr. Skotko

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