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Homecoming Queen 2012
Brittany Neves - Homecoming Queen 2012 Rotan Texas High School
Brittany Neves - Homecoming Queen 2012 Rotan Texas High School
Homecoming Queen 2012

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. 

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Kathy, United States, NM
11/9/2015 6:55:45 PM
She is Beautiful. Go Brittney!

celia jefferson, United States, CA
4/1/2013 6:05:44 PM
Congratulation!!! My granddaughter will graduate this year. She attended her Homecoming and will be attending the prom this month.

Elaine Perry, United States, OH
12/14/2012 3:12:56 PM
Congratulations Brittany! It's so good to see persons with DS participating in normal life social activities that not so long ago were completely out of reach.

martha burchett, United States, KY
12/4/2012 1:58:07 PM
Congratulations Brittany Neves for getting it for Homecoming Queen!!!!!!!!! Kids like you are a joy to be around. I love everyone that has Down syndrome. You all are very special people. I had a sister who had Down syndrome and she brought so much joy to everyone she was around. She went to be with Jesus a couple of years ago and I know she is up in heaven bringing smiles to everyone. Once again congratulations!!!!!

Connie Heckert, United States, GA
12/3/2012 7:03:59 PM
You go, girl!

Lauren Breanna Tabb, United States, TX
11/20/2012 1:21:13 PM
I would like to share to people how privileged I am to have Brittany in my family. Growing up with her as my cousin has inspired me to appreciate everyone no matter how different you are. She is a blessing and a wonderful gift in our family. I have so many wonderful and inspiring memories with this gorgeous, wonderful woman.

Kris Neves, United States, TX
11/17/2012 1:01:06 PM
I would like to share the links to the News Footage of this Story. I am the Proud Father of Brittany and we are so happy for her. Much thanks to the Rotan Students for Nominating and voting for her. Link 1. Link 2.

Joe Macon, United States, TX
11/17/2012 9:06:54 AM
The best memories happen on friday night under the lights in Texas.

Paige Blair, United States, TX
11/17/2012 1:07:45 AM
I can't say enough about Brittany! I had the privaledge of attending kindergarten through 4th grade with her. I can't even begin to explain what it was like to see her every morning with the biggest smile on her face. She would run up to me & give me the biggest hug. The kind of hug that is almost life changing. She taught me and inspired me in ways she will never know! I will NEVER forget Brittany! She deserves this more than anyone!

Ann Canales, United States, TX
11/13/2012 11:29:25 AM
So wonderful!

Anita Neves, United States, TX
11/9/2012 5:09:44 PM
This is my little sister. Such a amazing and special person!

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