football team left the field with a loss in Thursday night's homecoming game in
Livingston Parish, but two Juban Parc Junior High football players still had
huge smiles. That's because a plan they've been working on since last year got
a classmate some special attention. They say that's the win that really
is a student that everyone knows. Her class is not as large as others, but
anyone will tell you her heart is.
kind towards everybody and has a really sweet heart," said Kallie Pope, an
eighth grader at the school.
she's known Meghan Burns since the fourth grade. Teachers say Kallie is one of
the girls who watches out for Meghan - at school dances and sports games.
Boyle and Mathew Guzzardo met Meghan two years ago, in sixth grade.
got a good heart...she's nice to everybody," said Guzzardo.
be in the hallway and I'll say, 'Hey Meghan' and she'll say, 'Hey Dillon, what
you doing?'" said Boyle.
he was watching television last year when he saw something about a school
voting a girl with Down syndrome as homecoming queen. He says that's when he
decided to get his classmates to do the same for Meghan. And, he asked Mathew
to help him.
first, some didn't think we were serious," Guzzardo said. "Then,
after we told a lot of people, most decided they were going to do it."
they really spread the word, mainly through their football team, and that's
what really got things moving.
night when Meghan walked down the 50-yard line, as the announcer named those on
the homecoming court, no one was surprised. In fact, there were lots of cheers
when her name was called. And, her personality really showed through as she
posed, while her list of accomplishments and awards from competing in the
Special Olympics were read.
Meghan has Down syndrome, her classmates say she's no different from them. So,
when her name was called as homecoming queen, the stadium erupted in cheers.
just jumped up and started screaming, hollering," said Pope.
were all in tears, so excited. Ran and hugged her. She was so happy," said
Alexus Day, another classmate.
Meghan got 90 percent of the votes.
knew 'cause so many people said they were going to vote for her," Day
showed up at school Thursday in her sash and crown, the students realized just
how much the honor meant.
strutting her stuff," said Boyle. "Biggest smile on her face from ear
to ear. It was amazing. Made me feel I did something good."
students at Juban Parc Junior High have already learned what the poster in
Meghan's class states, "Expect to be accepted for who you are."
One of the
teachers at the school says Meghan's mom told her she had no idea the kids
cared so much for her daughter.
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