King for a day: Students elect classmate with Down Syndrome to homecoming court
POSTED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 4:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Michael Holton is known as the big guy on campus.
So naturally, when it came time to vote for homecoming court, his friends knew there was only one guy worthy of being king.
"I was like, 'yall need to go and vote for Mikey, don't forget. And everyone had already gone and done it. Everyone knew and wanted Mikey to win," says Kaity White.
Mikey has Down Syndrome, but his friends say they don't see his disability, they just see someone they admire.
"He never lets anything bring him down. Mikey, no matter if he fails and fails, he is going to keep trying, and that encourages all of us to never give up and take his spirit, and it rubs off on a lot of our peers as well as ourselves," says Amy Jameson.
Mikey received his crown after capturing the hearts and votes of 97 percent of his school.
Not just a testament to Mikey, but the entire student body.
"They are very caring and compassionate, but more than anything else, they just accept Mikey as one of the regular students," says Assistant Principal, Jeff Faith.
He says he likes the attention.
"I love it. I was nervous," says Holton.
For his mom, amy, its just another way Mikey continues to defy the odds.
"Every kid is different. And Michael has just always surprised us. We've always pushed him to do different things and exposed him to different things. And that's what other parents need to do also. Don't limit your children, whether they have a disability or don't have a disability," says Amy Holton.
Because mikey is proof that anything is possible.