Local teen to be featured on big screen in Times Square


Last week, we told you about Hudson Hartman, the local baby who will be the grand marshal at the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Buddy Walk in New York City.

Today, we meet up with another local kid who will also be featured during this event.

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It’s an honor most will never experience, having their picture up on the big screen in Times Square, but for one Ocean Springs teenager this dream will soon become a reality. “I’m really happy. I feel so accomplished. I am so proud.”

Seventeen-year-old Josh Williams will be featured on the big screen in the heart of New York City as a part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s annual Times Square video presentation on September 14th. This takes place on the morning of the NDSS Buddy Walk in New York. Josh’s mom, Amy Williams, said, “I just decided to submit a picture of Josh and see where it went. We ended up getting an email congratulating us that his picture was chosen out of 3,000. They only picked 500 so Josh’s photo was one of the ones that was picked.”

Every year, NDSS reminds the world in a big way about the gifts that people with Down syndrome bring to their communities. “You know, kids with Down syndrome, they have such a special gift. They have so many talents that they can share with others and it is just exciting that on this huge jumbotron in Times Square they are going to show the photos of these babies, kids, and adults participating in various activities.”

As for Josh, he’s shooting for the stars everyday whether it’s through his dance moves or on the court. “I play basketball.”

There will be a local Buddy Walk in Gulfport in October.


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