Stephanie Robinson was born with a cyst on her brain that affects the motor skills on the right side of her body. But don’t make the mistake of thinking of this energetic Pittsburg State freshman music major as someone with a disability.
“I think of it as an opportunity,” Robinson said, flashing a contagious broad smile, “because I get to venture out and do something new, something that I really like.”
In her first semester as a Gorilla, Robinson, from Uniontown, Kan., has tackled the challenges that freshmen face with all of the optimism and determination that people who know her have come to expect. That includes securing a spot in the Pride of the Plains Marching Band.
Robinson said she has loved music since she began singing in the choir in first grade.
“Once I picked up a French horn in sixth grade, I fell in love with it and I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Robinson said.
Robinson played French horn, using only her left hand, through high school and marched with the Uniontown High School Band. For years, she had her sights set on being a member of the Pride of the Plains Marching Band. That she has come this far isn’t a surprise to Doug Whitten, director of the Pride of the Plains.
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