PHS homecoming queen wins over school with her contagious smile

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula High School celebrated homecoming Friday night and at half time they crowned a queen that they say inspires them every day. Sarah Reed has Down syndrome, but may be best known for her smile.

Teacher Ashley Parrish said the reaction to Sarah being selected was priceless.

"Classes were cheering when they heard her name. I mean, you could hear them down the hall when they found out she had made it," said Parrish.

Sarah Reed is an outgoing high school senior. Anyone who knows her says her charming personality make it no surprise that she not only made homecoming court, but was also crowned queen.

"I was so excited, because if anybody in our class deserves to be on homecoming court, it's definitely Sarah," said classmate Carlye Torjusen.

Her family helped her get ready for the big night, saying they don't know if they have ever seen her this happy. Her dad, Lamar Reed, said she was on cloud nine.

"She's been involved with everything that they require, and so we have escorted her through all of the events and she's had just a marvelous time," said Reed.

More than 30 senior girls applied to be on the court, and they say Sarah making the top six showed them what a special group of students Pascagoula has.

"It's just amazing, because they care for all kids regardless of who they are what they are, color, and creed, whatever. It doesn't matter," said teacher Rolanda Jones.

Even though Sarah was a little camera shy, Parrish said she is quite the social butterfly.

"She's always smiling and that smile is just contagious, and once you see her smile, you want to smile back. And she's always herself. I mean, she is who she is. She knows who she is, and that's what's important," said Parrish.

Sarah was escorted by her favorite Pascagoula Panther, Quarterback Andrew Dunn.

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