Opening a college acceptance letter is always a memorable moment in any high school senior’s life but the big reveal was even greater for one Wisconsin teenager with Down Syndrome. Noah VanVooren’s parents and friends were with him as he opened the life-changing envelope and one captured it on video and posted it to YouTube. His expression goes from one of nervous trepidation to pride in less than a minute. ‘I got accepted!’ Noah screams after reading the first line of the letter. ‘Dad you rock! I love you!’ he says before giving his father a big hug.
Noah, 18, was accepted at Edgewood College in Wisconsin which has a special program called Cutting Edge. The four year program is tailored for students with developmental disabilities so that they are able to have a similar experience to their peers. Considering Noah’s parents were told by doctors that he would never be able to ‘walk, talk, do anything,’ the achievement is even more meaningful.