After Passing State Test, Young Baker Finds "Sweet Success" In Her
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 17, 2005
FALMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS--In January 2004 -- on the day of her high school graduation -- Tracey Newhart got good news: Johnson & Wales University had accepted her into its culinary college.
"I would like to tell you to always keep trying," Tracey said that day. "It's important to never give up and you will reach your dreams."
The next day, however, the college told Tracey, who has Down syndrome, that there had been a misunderstanding.
It turns out that, in order for Massachusetts students to be accepted into the university's cooking program, they must have passed the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam.
Tracey had tried four times to pass the 10th grade level standardized test, which is required for all graduates in the state. But Falmouth school officials decided to give her a diploma that was not officially recognized by the state or, apparently, the university.
Tracey did not give up.
Last fall she took the MCAS for the fifth time -- and passed.
After taking the test, Tracey changed her mind about going to the culinary college.
Instead, the 22-year-old has started her own home-based, baked goods business, which she appropriately named "Tracey's Kitchen".
According a story in the Cape Cod Times, Tracey now has a new Toyota Scion to deliver goodies to her growing list of regular customers.
"MCAS conquered" (Cape Cod Times)