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Martin Whatley

Louisiana Young Heroes



Genre: Awards

Place Covered: Erath, Vermilion Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1997-06-19

Duration: 00:04:25

Subjects: Louisiana Young Heroes | Whatley, Robert Martin


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Whatley, Martin Interviewee
  • Gisclair, Cale Interviewee
  • Whatley, Cecilia Interviewee
  • Stemmann, Joseph Interviewee


This segment from the 1997 Young Heroes Award Ceremony features a profile of honoree Robert Martin Whatley, a student at Erath High School. Whatley has Werdnig-Hoffman Disease, a form of muscular dystrophy that causes him serious respiratory and motor function problems. Despite these physical challenges, he has a 3.7 grade point average, and is a member of his school’s Beta, Math and Science Clubs, the Quiz Bowl team and yearbook staff. He also serves on a statewide committee to identify the needs of adolescents with developmental disabilities and chronic health care needs. Host: Beth Courtney