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Katie LeBlanc (2016)

Louisiana Young Heroes



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-04-11

Duration: 00:06:24

Subjects: Louisiana Young Heroes | LeBlanc, Katie | People with disabilities


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Waguespack, Tom Host
  • LeBlanc, Nancy Interviewee
  • LeBlanc, John Interviewee
  • LeBlanc, Katie Interviewee
  • Harshbarger, Melissa Interviewee


This segment from the 2016 Young Heroes Award Ceremony features a profile of honoree Katie LeBlanc, a senior at Tara High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LeBlanc was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and has undergone eighteen surgeries. Despite these physical limitations, she dances and plays wheelchair tennis. She is also an honor roll student and a tireless volunteer. Her profile includes interviews with: Nancy LeBlanc, her mother; John LeBlanc, her father; and Melissa Harshbarger, the youth minister at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Hosts: Tom Waguespack and Beth Courtney