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Jacob Waters (2015)

Louisiana Young Heroes



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Ragley, Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-06-01

Duration: 00:07:18

Subjects: Waters, Jacob | Louisiana Young Heroes | People with disabilities


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Waters, Misti Interviewee
  • Perkins, Mitch Interviewee
  • Knoll, Christine Interviewee
  • DeFelice, Brenda Interviewee
  • Waters, Jacob Interviewee
  • Katchur, Steve Interviewee


This segment from the 2015 Young Heroes Award Ceremony features a profile of honoree Jacob Waters of Ragley, a freshman at Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles. Waters was born with a deformity to his lower left leg due to a rare disease called Jack Weiss Syndrome. At the age of ten, he made the decision to have his leg amputated below his knee. Waters is now a competitive cyclist and was chosen to attend the U.S. Paralympic Emerging Talent Cycling Camp. He has also started a non-profit foundation to help purchase special equipment so that disabled children around the state can also start cycling. Hosts: Shauna Sanford and Beth Courtney