There is nothing more sacred in Texas on an autumn Friday night than a high school football game. And there is no other Friday that means more to the people of Texas than Homecoming. Being nominated for Homecoming Court is an honor for the high school seniors of Rotan High School, but the amazing students at this high school feel the honor should be shared with Brittany, my little sister and a special senior with Down syndrome. The student body of about 120 kids chose four boys and four girls to represent them on the Homecoming Court but there was only room for one king and queen. Once the nominations were released, word spread quickly. A local news station picked up the story and gave our family the opportunity to share a glimpse into the excitement of Brittany being nominated as well as our little brother, Kristian. Once the newscast was aired and the news hit Facebook, Brittany had her own fan club. Everyone was rooting for her to receive the crown on Friday night. As the game drew near and Kristian was crowned Homecoming King, anticipation grew high for Brittany and the family as well as the entire town (and her Facebook followers). Finally, it’s halftime and time for the Homecoming court to make their entrance. All of the queen nominees looked beautiful as they were escorted nervously onto the field by their equally nervous dads. The band played as the girls, each as deserving as the next, were introduced by the announcer. “And you’re 2012 Rotan High School Homecoming Queen is…” boomed over the loud speaker and the entire crowd grew quiet, “Brittany!” The crowd exploded into a roar of excitement. Brittany broke into a big grin and tears of joy as she was presented with her crown and bouquet of flowers. I have never seen such excitement pouring from one person until I saw our mom. Her face had lit up with such pride. Our family could not have been more honored by our hometown and the students of Rotan High School than the act of kindness they’ve shown Brittany.