Inside the Story: Corner Canyon senior doesn't let disabilities stand in her way

Inside the Story: Corner Canyon senior doesn't let disabilities stand in her way (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) A Corner Canyon High School senior is not letting Down syndrome stand in the way of accomplishing some amazing dreams.

Emily Arthur, 18, is preparing for one of the most challenging, yet prestigious, opportunities of her life.

She is speaking to thousands of people at her high school graduation.

"I am not scared because I have confidence in myself," Arthur said.

Arthur is one of 2,100 students at Corner Canyon High School in Draper.

She was one of three students chosen to speak at graduation after an audition process.

"I was so excited and thrilled," she said.

According to the school, the decision was solely based on Arthur's heartwarming speech.

"Just incredible. I'm impressed with her every day," said Julie Bean of the speech.

Bean is a special education teacher.

"Administration actually told them not to pick her because she has Down syndrome, but pick her if her speech is worth having up there," Bean said.

Everything Arthur puts her mind to, she has managed to accomplish.

She has made the varsity cheer squad and was the first runner-up in the Miss Amazing Pageant for kids with disabilities.

Arthur says it's all about having the right attitude.

"I usually tell myself it's going to be okay and I can do it," she said. "And I say, 'Emily, I have confidence in you. You can do it.'"

"I say like, 'Don't limit me because I have Down syndrome. I can do what you do and I don't give up,'" she added.

Arthur is excited to graduate from Corner Canyon High and go on to the next chapter of her life. She is heading to Utah State University.

"I just want to go to college to get more knowledge," she said.

Arthur is one of eight students chosen out of 130 to be accepted to the Utah State University Aggie Elevated Program.

It helps young adults with disabilities realize their college dreams.

Arthur plans to study child development.

"I want to work with kids with disabilities like me," she said. "I think it's really fun and real exciting."

Her message to others is "Don't give up on yourself. Don't put limitations on kids with disabilities. Just keep having fun."

Graduation day for Corner Canyon High School is set to take place on June 5th at the Huntsman Center.

Arthur credits her success to her mom, who always believed she should accomplish great things in her life.