Riding with James Hanson

By Jeremy Seaton & Gerrod Bailey

Cashion Elementary

Editor's note - the subject of this story is James Hanson, the son of Andy and Beth Hanson and the grandson of the late Charlie and JoAnn White, of Felt.


Cashion has a wild rider in his Boomer Sooner golf cart and his name is James Hanson. When it came time for James Hanson to start driving, instead of a car, his parents bought him a golf cart and we will tell you why.

James has been going to Cashion schools most his life. He was born with Down syndrome. Down syndrome is caused by an abnormality in the number of chromosomes in the body. Chromosomes are the parts of a cell that contain tiny structures called genes, which determine hereditary traits. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of the normal 46 chromosomes.

James might have Down syndrome, but he is just like any other high school student. When he grows up he wants to be a famous movie star. James is a senior at Cashion High School and is a member of the Cashion band. This year he was elected band king. Band is his favorite class. James is also a member of the Cashion FFA.

James has his very own golf cart. Since he does have Down syndrome, he can't drive a normal car. The golf cart is just the right solution. It helps him get to and from school, which allows him to be like a normal teenager. On his golf cart there are Boomer Sooner stickers all over it.

We asked him why he had OU stickers on his golf cart.

“Because it is my favorite team,” he said. James also gave his golf cart the name JAM.

This is James's last year at Cashion High. We will all miss him, but now he will be able to fulfill new things in his life. We hope you liked this article as much as we did and remember that you should never judge a person until you have met them. And if you ever are driving through Cashion and see a golf cart, just know it is probably James.

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