This article by Marissa Beale of The Connection, features a young Jake Sizemore being honored with the “Yes I Can” Award.
Burke resident Jake Sizemore was diagnosed with low-functioning autism at the age of 2-and-a-half. Now, 11 years later at age 13, he plays in a band at a music school called “School of Rock” with other students who are his age. And while he still has trouble communicating, he is able to excite audiences with his music, from the stage. And this year he became one of 21 young people across the country honored in the “Yes I Can” Awards ceremony at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 2015 Convention & Expo.
“I like crowds. Enjoy the applause the most,” said Sizemore. To those who are nervous about performing, he just says “Take a deep breath and rock out!”– Jake Sizemore