Wilmington teen to get publicity for his photo in NY

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - One Wilmington high school student is getting some national publicity in the Big Apple.

16-year-old Evan Cokes of Hoggard High School has down syndrome and participated in a contest with the National Down Syndrome Society.

More than 2,000 people with down syndrome sent in their photos, and Evan's was chosen to be shown in a video production on the MTV plasma screen in Times Square, NY.

"It's a great organization," said Evan's mother, Gail Cokes.  "There are a lot of children in this area that would love to have an opportunity to do this, and if they've never heard of it before, it's a chance for them to enter their photos next year or just anything that the Down Syndrome Society offers for us."

Evan and his mother plan to leave for New York Tuesday.  After the showing of his picture, they plan to take part in the National Down Syndrome Society's Buddy Walk in Central Park.

"We'd love for the local community to become more involved and hopefully one day have our own buddy walk that we can do the same type of thing around here, as far as the buddy walk goes," said Gail.

Only 226 of the 2,000 photo entries were chosen for the special video production.

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