Walker, born mentally handicapped, is an avid fan of puzzles, and when her sister Susie Treash learned of the open class category at the Clay County 4-H Fair, she and her mother Linda Walker knew it would be a great opportunity to enter one of Jo's puzzles.
"Jo has loved doing puzzles her whole life," Treash said. "She's done thousands of them, ranging from 24 pieces to one thousand pieces."
Linda said Jo wasn't expected to live past age 7. But Jo has far surpassed that. She is a seven-year colon cancer survivor, and during her youth she participated in the Special Olympics. But since then, Jo hasn't had the opportunity to enter many contests or events.
"This is what 4-H is about," Treash said, "giving people opportunities to show what they've done and win a ribbon."
Treash said the 4-H judges were very impressed with Jo's puzzle and awarded her a blue ribbon for the piece she'd submitted.
"I hope this encourages other people with handicaps to enter 4-H categories," said Treash. "It really gives the participant a great feeling to be a part of something and win a ribbon in the end."