Teen with Down Syndrome a Homecoming Queen

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When you think of the high school homecoming queen, you think of the popular, pretty girl who is almost certainly sorority-bound. Well, Aledo High School senior Kristin Pass, 18, is both pretty and popular, and she may even end up in a sorority, but what she has that most homecoming queens don't is Down Syndrome.

"I was surprised and happy about [winning]," she told ABCnews.com. According to the report, at the moment the Texas teen was crowned, the crowd burst into tearful applause and gave her a much-deserved standing ovation. And the race for queen apparently wasn't a shoe-in for her. Her aunt Chari Hust added, "There was no campaign to make sure that Kristin won -- this naturally happened. She is the coolest kid in the whole wide world."

Down Syndrome occurs in approximately one in every 800 live births. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. It is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder, says the National Association for Down Syndrome. If you are a mom interested in learning more about DS or have a child with DS yourself, there are several groups on CM for moms like you, including this one. Do you have any great stories about a child with special needs? Share!



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