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Teen Face: Easy to spot Janowczyk's enthusiasm for Newman

Jake Janowczyk only wanted to go to one school: Cardinal Newman. Born with Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder that can cause medical problems and developmental delays, Janowczyk and his family were initially uncertain if he could get into the private school.

"They don't have any special education courses, so my wife and I met with administrators to see what it might look like for Jake to go there," said dad Ron Janowczyk. "Everybody at the school went out of their way to accommodate Jake."

A mainstay at Newman football games growing up and watching his older brother, Joe, play running back, Jake Janowczyk couldn't wait to begin school. When he was accepted to Newman, football coach Paul Cronin personally delivered his acceptance letter.

"When his acceptance letter came, it was like he had gotten into Harvard," said Joe Janowczyk, a 2007 Newman grad. "He was so excited."

Newman principal Graham Rutherford recalled Jake Janowczyk's positive outlook.


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