Friday, December 30, 2011
high school's homecoming queen top story of 2011
from Rankin Ledger:
Katelyn Simpson's journey to become Northwest Rankin High School's Homecoming Queen spread around the state and parts of the country, making her story the most talked about tale of the year for Rankin Ledger.
The popular teen, who has Down Syndrome, did not have the requisite GPA to be considered for the school's homecoming court.
But with student and faculty support, Katelyn's name was allowed on the ballot, and the cheers ringing from the crowd on homecoming night when Katelyn was crowned Queen let everyone know Northwest Rankin students wouldn't have it any other way.
A tearful Katelyn, flanked by her equally tearful father, was surrounded by her peers on the football field, wiped her eyes and turned on her brilliant smile, saying, "Thank you."