Homecoming queen

Kristin Pass, 18, who has Down syndrome, was elected homecoming queen of Aledo High in Texas, reports the Dallas Morning News. A friend, Meaghan Geary, explained why.

Kristin doesn’t care what’s on the outside, Meaghan said. She’s friends with everyone, and everyone admires that.

“She’s the person we all want to be,” Meaghan said.

Via The Corner.

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    Annie Bryant is royalty.

    She was chosen by her Mary G. Montgomery High School classmates to wear the rhinestone tiara that signifies that she reigns as the school’s 2008 homecoming queen.

    “I think it really says something about these kids that the whole student body embraced Annie,” said Annie’s mother, Sandra Bryant, of the nearly 2,000 students that cast their votes for her 20-year-daughter.

    Annie, who, according to teacher Lottie Myers, has “the personality of an MGM Viking,” also has Down syndrome.

    Heather Sandoval said of Annie, “People chose her because she is really outgoing and gets along with everyone. When you are in the hallway, you see Annie’s big smile and you just love it.”

    And, she said, Annie’s selection, also “opens doors for us to learn more about Down syndrome; it has given us more insight.”

    Other members of Annie’s homecoming court, which includes Sandoval and three other senior maids who vied with her for the title of queen, and the nine other beauties from grades 9-11, also had warm words for her.

    “She’s really a special person,” said senior knight Daniel Jayroe. “When she was escorted onto the field (after her selection was announced), everyone was cheering.”

    Allison Miller, the student council and homecoming sponsor at MGM, said that “everyone loves Annie, especially the seniors who have known her for four years.”

    Annie’s election, Miller said, shows as much about the other students as it does about Annie. “I’m very proud of them for choosing her,” she said.

    Glen and Sandra Bryant, who also have a son, Wilson, have never been overly restrictive with Annie. She has participated in ballet, gymnastics, Tae kwan do and horseback rid ing. She modeled for Gayfers and has attended summer camps.

    “Do not set limitations on your children,” Sandra Bryant advised other parents of children with Down syndrome.

    And she added another word of praise for Mary Montgomery students.

    “Nobody pushed these kids to campaign for Annie,” she said. “I don’t think they even realize how far-reaching (their action) could be. Other parents of children with disabilities may see (Annie’s election as homecoming queen) and know that their child can have a normal and productive life.”