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UT student to appear in inaugural parade with her family

11:56 PM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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A UT student and her family will be in the national spotlight on Monday. Freshman Lauren Stevens will join her brother Jared and his service dog, John III, in the inaugural parade in Washington DC.

Jared has cerebral palsy, and John III helps him out with some of the everyday things he needs.

They are from Brentwood in Middle Tennessee, and their family will all appear in Monday's parade on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Lauren will hold the banner for Canine Companions, which provides service dogs for people living with disabilities. She says she and her brother are thrilled.

"He is extremely excited. Obviously he's getting a lot of publicity between this and he had a wrestling video on YouTube, and he got a lot of attention from that, so he's super excited, so he's just ready to show everybody John and him, and show how well they work together," she said.

Preparations are in full swing around the nation's capital for the inaugural festivities. The scope of this year's inauguration is scaled down a bit from 2009, but it's still on a grand scale, packed full of glitz and glamor.

Washington's convention center will be the site of the two official inaugural balls. In 2009, there were 10 official balls.

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