Reese was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. The condition has required him to undergo 15 major surgeries with at least one more planned. The condition seriously impacts not only a person’s appearance and speech but also their breathing, hearing and other important senses.
Reese Daily, left, and his mother Autumn Morehouse, remember the bullying and abuse Reese was subjected to as a child because of his cleft palate. Reese’s ability to persevere in his studies with the support of his family and community enabled him to successfully apply for a Horatio Alger Nationwide Scholarship. He is one of only 109 students in the country to receive the award.