As the mother of a child with special needs, I do sometimes worry about my son being made fun of. I’ve witnessed the snickers, obnoxious comments, and stares from others. But the students at Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas give me hope.
Recently those students voted for their homecoming queen. Of course, there were blonde haired, blue eyed beauties on the ballot, but there was one lovely lady that you wouldn’t typically think of being voted on the homecoming court.
Kristin Pass, an eighteen year old senior at Aledo High School, has Downs Syndrome. Kristin was crowned Aledo’s homecoming queen after being voted the winner by the three hundred sixty students in her senior class.
Kristin was escorted by her Grandfather and stood beaming as her Grandfather gave her a peck on the cheek just before the announcement was made. Kristin was ecstatic to be crowned homecoming queen and says she never wants to take her crown off! Her Mom reports that she did take it to bed with her!
In an article out of the Dallas News, Kristin’s family and classmates talk about her unconditional love for her friends. She doesn’t discriminate against her classmates and doesn’t care if they are pretty, smart, not smart, etc. She is friends with everyone. One of her friends, Meaghan Geary is quoted in the article saying that Kristin is the type of person that we want to be.
These high school students understand a lesson that we all need to learn – that we are each beautiful in our own way, inside and out, regardless of their flaws.
by Coley S.