Vancleave teen with Down Syndrome elected homecoming queen

Vancleave teen with Down Syndrome elected homecoming queen

VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - Senior year of high school is full of fond memories for most students, but for one Vancleave High teen, the memories of her last year became unforgettable Friday night when she received the royal treatment from her peers.

High fives and congratulations greeted Hannah Brewer at school Monday. Hannah has Down Syndrome and had longed to be on the homecoming court at Vancleave High.

"I've been dreaming about it for the past three years," said Hannah. "I've never done this before."

The dream she once thought was out of reach finally came true when she was elected homecoming maid.

Hannah beamed as she was escorted across the field by her dad during the homecoming game on Friday. Soon after, her smile grew even bigger when she received the biggest surprise of her life — she had received the most votes from the entire student body and was crowned homecoming queen.

"I looked at my dad and I'm like, yeah!" said a smiling Hannah.

"I was really excited for her, because she deserves it," said Kaitlyn Skinner, a senior at Vancleave High. "She's nice to everyone. She's a sweet girl."

"It made me happy," said another VHS senior, Lexie Alexander. "It just showed how, as a school, how caring we are to vote for her."

Many students said that even though they don't have classes with Hannah, her friendly personality radiates throughout the campus.

"Just because they have a disability doesn't mean they can't do anything," said Lexie. "Because they're just like us. They just fight harder than us."

For Hannah, she will never forget this crowning moment. When asked how she felt about being homecoming queen, Hannah replied, 'I feel happy for that.'"

"I feel happy for that," said Hannah, referring to her new royal title.

To view a slideshow of Hannah's special night, click here.

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