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Winter Haven student born with rare medical condition excels and inspires as JROTC cadet

The student is in her second year as a cadet
Posted at 4:46 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 20:02:09-04

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — A high school student in Winter Haven is impacting her fellow JROTC candidates as she excels despite a rare genetic condition. 

16-year-old Donavia ‘Angel’ Walker was born with a condition called Bilateral Amelia — it affects a person's limbs. She was born without arms. 

But the student refuses to let the condition slow her down and is a stand out cadet. 

She's in her second year with her U.S. Army Junior ROTC class and recently completed a Cadet Leader camp.  

At the Lake Wales camp, she not only learned a lot but excelled and inspired despite the rare condition she’s dealt with since birth.

In photos, you can see Walker rappel down a tower, and aim her bow and arrow during archery training. 


Her instructor, Sgt. Major (retired) Rudy Carter, says this only a small piece of Walker’s accomplishments.