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Sydney Tucker 2018 Speaker

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Sydney Nicole Tucker

Sydney Nicole Tucker lives in Louisville Kentucky with her parents Darryl and Jennifer Tucker, her brother Darryl Jr., and her twin siblings Danyelle and Dominique. From an early age Sydney has been shaped by her experiences in the special needs community. Her brothers and sister have all been diagnosed with Autism, which is a social and communicative disorder. Driven by her love and support for her siblings, Sydney has strived to make a positive difference in their lives and within the special needs community. Sydney is a published author and illustrator of the book “Up To Bat” which promotes awareness for special needs children. As a result, Sydney has developed a passion for writing and public speaking at several special needs events in our community including book readings and book signings. She was chosen to speak on the USAAA (United States Autism & Asperger Association) Sibling Panel expressing her feelings on being a sibling to individuals with autism and spreading awareness. Her passion for public speaking led the University of Louisville to award Sydney with a public speaking medal at the University of Louisville’s “College for a Day “event. Sydney has also been featured in “The O Magazine” (published by Oprah Winfrey) for desiring to help the special needs community and “Louisville Magazine” for the publication of her book. Sydney’s book had the honor of being registered and included in the United States Library of Congress as of 2014 and her book has sold internationally around the world. In April 2016, Sydney was inducted into the Kentuckiana Chapter of Top Teens of America where she has served as the Recording Secretary and currently serves as President of the Top Teens. Sydney was accepted into duPont Manual High School’s Journalism and Communication Program in the fall of 2015. She has since been inducted into the KEY Club, an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, elected as the Freshman Board Representative, and in 2017 became a member of the Mock Trial team which placed 7th in the State of Kentucky. Sydney has also been featured on the WLKY News’ “Girl Power” segment which focuses on empowering girls and chosen for her work in the Special Needs Community. Sydney is also a member of the DuPont Manual Track Team as a Shot Put and Discus Thrower. She is also a staff member of the magazine “One Blue Wall”. Sydney also received a full scholarship to participate in the University of Louisville’s Young Leaders Academy by the McConnell Center, where she won the honor of “Most Likely to Run for President”. In addition, Sydney received a scholarship to Western Kentucky’s Xposure High School Journalism Workshop. Only 12 students in the United States were afforded this opportunity. On October 27th, 2016, Sydney was awarded the YMCA Youth Character Award, which recognizes teens ages 13-17 in our community who demonstrate exceptional leadership while incorporating the YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility into their everyday lives. Sydney performs Gospel Rap and was awarded 2nd place in the Teen Competition on the “A Matter of Interpretation”-1240 WLLV Radio show on May 21st 2017 and has performed her Gospel Raps in several events since. She was also awarded an opportunity to perform in the Summerfest 2017 Concert. After her rap performance, Sydney was hired on by WLLV/WLOU 1240 Radio as a Teen Host under Ms. Claudette Milner on the “A Matter of Interpretation” show, hosting a panelist of Teens every month. The Teens discuss issues affecting teenagers such as health and wellness, job opportunities, and our community but focus on Faith-Based and Godly Solutions. Sydney’s favorite Bible verse is: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”