High School Teenagers pick Down Syndrome Girl for Homecoming Queen


Well, there are certainly reasons to have lots of hope and faith in the younger generation. 

Recently in Texas, high school students chose a Down Syndrome student as their Homecoming Queen….The picture is just too cute for words.

Dallas Morning News)

(Source: Dallas Morning News)

From the Dallas Morning News:

Never has the selection of a homecoming queen sent so many tears falling so freely.

Kristin Pass, an 18-year-old senior with Down syndrome, became Aledo High School’s homecoming queen Friday to a joyous standing ovation and the flutter of a thousand tissues on a remarkable night for an amazing young woman.

Her grandfather, Dr. David Campbell of Corsicana, escorted her onto the field and gave her a quick kiss on the cheek as Kristin joined eight other young women in the Homecoming Court to await the results of the vote, cast by the 360-plus members of Aledo High’s senior class.

Then came the announcement … and pandemonium.

“Oh my gosh! I was sitting in the student section and everyone stood up, crying and cheering for Kristin,” said longtime friend and fellow senior Meaghan Geary, 17, who first met Kristin in the third grade. “It was great!”

Carolyn Pass stood at the edge of the football field, taking pictures of her daughter and friends’ daughters in the court, when the stadium erupted.

“It’s just something you can’t even imagine,” she said. “And afterward, everyone was just running down to her, congratulating her. And the other girls in the court, they’re all just beautiful girls, inside and out.”

And a lesson in unconditional love:

Kristin pronounced the evening “exciting” and “awesome.”

“Kristin has a lot of friends – she likes everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re tall or short, pretty, not pretty, smart, not smart – she likes everybody. She has great friends. And Aledo is a great community.”

And a lesson in how very special our special needs citizens are:

“She’s just the neatest kid in the whole wide world,” added her aunt, Chari Hust of Houston, “and everybody sees that.”

Clay Gilmer, who works in the stadium press box, running the scoreboard and clock, said people pushed toward the windows as the young women were introduced.

“They were all pulling for Kristin,” Mr. Gilmer said.

When she won, he was thrilled. “This has been such a special time, a special week for Kristin,” he said. “And I was really taken by the maturity and the love shown by her friends, her peers, her classmates.

“That makes this a double blessing.”

She was so thrilled, her mother said, that she took her crown to bed with her.

I am the niece of a late aunt who had Down Syndrome and I am the aunt of a special needs young man….the people with those types of needs are just the most special people in the world.  Kristin reminds me of my nephew who was always very outgoing and friendly with everyone in his high school….he was voted as the student with the “best smile” when he was a Senior.  He still knows someone everywhere he goes….his personality is infectious to those around him.

I would imagine the teenagers at that high school may have no idea at what a monumental example of love, caring, and selflessness they just exhibited.

And if I may veer to the political for a moment….just imagine the joys, lessons, and experiences that Kristin, her parents, her friends, her community  and YOU would have missed if she had “simply” been aborted because she has Down Syndrome….

(H/T: The Anchoress)

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8 Responses

  1. Good for her and good for the students at Aledo High..

    Nice to see something positive in the news for a change…

  2. I absolutely LOVE this story… My little sister has down syndrome and she was also voted homecoming queen this year. Their story’s sound insanely similar!

  3. I have just read this absolutely fabulous story and have tears, my son has asperger’s syndrome and was treated as so different, what a testament to everyone at Aledo High School, everyone everywhere should take lessons from these students as they understand that we are ALL human beings no matter what. They have shown that WE can all change the world one little piece at a time. Hopefully this is a start of a trend that will have far and wonderful trend setting changes. Thank you Aledo High School for showing us that there is hope in our youth.

  4. This story made me cry! What a wonderful group of young people you have in that town! My 16 year old has Down Syndrome. He is an awesome person. I hope his experiences in high school are half as good as hers have been. What a wonderful thing to happen to her! She will have those wonderful memories for the rest of her life!

  5. Amen!

  6. You just had to use her for politics.

    Couldn’t just have a nice story about about a disabled girl being named homecoming queen.

    *Shakes Head*

  7. WTF –
    I think it is a wonderful story. And since this is a POLITICAL blog I did briefly ask readers to reflect on how her LIFE has affected people because she was allowed to live.

    Like it or not, there are some harrowing stats in our country today that reflect the utter disregard this world has for the lives of babies with Down Syndrome. They should ALL have the chance to live and affect others’ lives, but, sadly, MOST never get out of the womb.

    According to Physicians for Life, after discovering their unborn baby has Down syndrome via prenatal screening, between 84 percent and 91 percent of parents choose abortion in the U.S. While this figure is similar in Canada, it is even higher in England and Spain where 94 percent and 95 percent of unborn babies with Down syndrome are aborted respectively.

  8. I would have been highly pissed if someone ruined my homecoming by making a politically correct statement such as this.

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