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A King & His Court Living by Golden Rule

Posted by on September 24, 2010

UPDATE: Eldorado High School wins their homecoming game 29 to 21

We would all be remiss to allow an event demonstrating such respect and equality, rarer than should be, simply pass us by:

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Eldorado High School Crowns Young Man with Down Syndrome Homecoming King

“Abe Assaad was crowned Homecoming King in a coronation ceremony held in Eldorado High School’s gym today. Assaad, who has Down syndrome, was happy just to be named to the Homecoming Court. To be crowned king was more than he ever imagined.

As the announcement of King was made, Assaad immediately jumped up and yelled, “That’s me!’ Then, as he made his way to the front of the stage, his knees buckled and he collapsed face down on the floor. Looks of concern soon evaporated from on-lookers faces as Assaad could be heard saying, “I did it! I’m King!” After a moment, he regained his feet and, with a million-watt smile, claimed his robe, crown and scepter to a standing ovation by the student body.

Assaad, who is active in Special Olympics, Best Buddies, DECA, and drama, finds the experience inspiring. “Being King at Eldorado is awesome! I get to wear a crown, and a cape and I get to stand in pictures with a lot of hot babes. At Eldorado, it’s cool. It doesn’t matter who you are if you just do your best and try hard, people respect you,” said Assaad.

Assaad’s senior escort was Ms. Alex Griffith. Assaad’s parents credit her for much of the success their son has achieved over the years. “Alex has been a good, loyal friend and sort of head cheerleader for Abe since middle school,” said Vicki Assaad, Abe’s mother. “She’s been there for the most important moments of his life. She has always seen Abe as a worthwhile person. Her gift is that she’s able to see beyond his disability to the person underneath. She has been instrumental in the acceptance of Abe by others, both at school and beyond.”

Assaad and the other members of the Eldorado Homecoming Court will be introduced during half-time at tonight’s Eldorado versus Cibola High School at Wilson Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:00pm.”

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