Girl with Down syndrome elected homecoming queen

By The Associated Press

FLOWOOD — Students at Northwest Rankin High School chose character over grades and elected a girl with Down syndrome as their homecoming queen.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that they feel Katelyn Simpson’s hard work and sunny temper make her a role model.

Her father, Mitchell Simpson, says he never expected Katelyn to be on the homecoming court, let alone crowned queen.

When students asked principal Richard Morrison for permission to exempt Katelyn from the required grade-point average, he told them to get faculty support and 100 signatures from classmates. He says they did, and student government approved the exemption unanimously.

After the ceremony Friday night, Katelyn’s mother, Anissa Simpson, says all her daughter could talk about as she got ready was “wearing her pretty white dress and looking like Cinderella.”