STAR Awards

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2021 STAR Award Application

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

Focus

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.

 Achievement

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.

Inspiration

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 Stephanie Garner, DSI Program Coordinator at garner@dsindiana.org. Please note that while we appreciate their many contributions, DSI Staff and Board Members are ineligible for this award.

Thank you,

Down Syndrome Indiana

Past STAR Award Recipients

2019

Charlene Guthrie

Shelley Needler

Scott Marlow

Katie Cortelyou

2018

Matt Parrott

Kris Strohmeyer

Dr. Joshua Greene

Cathy Ballenger

2017

Dixie Russell

Sandy and Kerry Miller

Alissa Kahl

2016

no awards given this year

2015

Renee Petrie

Kelly Gillespie

2014

John Hickey

Crystal Dyer

Sara Hawkins

Rachel Swinford

2013

Angie Cain

Don Crane

Kyra Noerr

Sierra Hoffman

2012

Kim Dodson

Angie Everton

Jean Updike

2011

Cathy Ramsey

Montgomery Aviation

Patricia Finkley

2010

Ann Gibson

Katie Shaw

Kate von Eiff

2009

Mary Delaney

Charlene Davis

Terry Allen and WalMart

2008

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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