Tuesday, September 20, 2011
LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas—Becoming homecoming queen is a dream for many high school girls. But at Tarkington High School in Liberty County, some girls in the running worked to make sure one particular student was crowned.
A total of four students were vying to become the school’s homecoming queen, but they told their supporters to vote for Sydney Bloom. The 18-year-old student has Down syndrome.
It was an act of kindness and beauty, according to the school principal.
“The kids have grown up together, lived in the community together and this is a natural outpouring of their love and their sentiment for a fellow student”, said Jim Hair.
In the hours leading up to the school’s homecoming game on Friday, all eyes were on Bloom. She was named queen later in the night.
Meanwhile, Bloom’s mother said their family was overwhelmed when hearing about the news. Her mother could barely hold back tears of joy as she talked about her young daughter who’s conquered enormous obstacles to make it to where she is.
“It’s the time of her life, she gets to be the princess, so it’s the time of her life,” said Karen Blum. “All of these students, all these four girls, they deserve to be queen. They are the most regal queens of all.”