Special needs student nominated Homecoming Queen

Special needs student nominated Homecoming Queen
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POSTED: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 5:05am

Among the busy halls of Independence High School is a girl with an infectious laugh and an equally infectious personality.

"She's just an amazing person, she's a hard worker, has a really good attitude about things," said school principal William McGuinness.

"She just has the kind of attitude that you wish every student had. We're so proud of her."

The student whom many admire, Sarah Greene, is a senior at the high school. She's a cheerleader and an active member of several local clubs. Sarah also has Down syndrome.

"She's someone who you just want to look up to because she doesn't let having Down syndrome really get her down," said fellow student Elena Paparizos. "She always has high spirits whenever I see her in the hallway."

Now, her peers have nominated Sarah for homecoming queen.

Ten candidates were chosen initially and, last week, the school narrowed the nominees down to the final five.

However, Sarah didn't know she was a finalist until her fellow cheerleaders surprised her with the news at Friday's home football game against Richmond Heights.

"Sarah on top. Top five she got," the girls cheered.


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