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Student doesn't let Autism hold him back from JROTC dreams

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Timothy Balogh being promoted to Battalion Commander of the JROTC at Heide Trask High School. Timothy Balogh being promoted to Battalion Commander of the JROTC at Heide Trask High School.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Dozens gathered Wednesday to watch Pender County student, Timothy Balogh, get promoted to Battalion Commander of the JROTC at Heide Trask High School.

Timothy's mother, Ann Balogh, said on Timothy's 2nd Birthday, he was diagnosed with Autism. A decade ago she never thought the high honor of Battalion Commander would have been possible. She said he was not verbal until he was at least four-years-old.

Balogh said her son did not let his late start in communicating stop him from reaching for his goals. She said he has been working hard his whole life, and didn't get discouraged when tasks that come naturally to others, were much harder for him.

"I'm just so proud of Timothy, he has really worked hard and it's so nice to see him be rewarded for his hard work," Balogh said.

Three years ago, Timothy joined the JROTC at Heide Trask High School, and hopes that his success will continue as he continues to grow.

"I've come from so far from where I was back when I was a kid to right now, and I hope to continue on," Timothy said.

Col. Jones, an instructor at the school, spoke very highly of Timothy and spoke of him as an example to others dealing with adversity in their lives.

"Tim is a very active member of our battalion, has participated in lots of community service, lots of competitions, he is just a fantastic example of what a person can do when overcoming a difficult," he said.

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