INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- A metro teenager is taking center stage at the George Caleb Bingham Academy of the Arts this summer. Brooke Cottrell is moved by music and her movement is grabbing the attention of those in the audience.
Brooke weighed less than two pounds when she was born 12 weeks early and lost her vision because she was born premature. She doesn’t let those circumstances impede from doing what she loves. She plays the harp, says singing is her passion and that dance is a form of communication. She spends an hour on each art every day at the summer program.
FOX 4 photojournalist Rachel Coleman shows us why Brooke's steps are just that much more impressive, and how she was honored with an unexpected accolade in the video above.