High school senior with Down Syndrome crowned homecoming queen

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by KVUE News

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Posted on October 1, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 3 at 6:18 PM

Homecoming kings and queens were crowned all across Texas Friday night. In one town, that competition taught students about the qualities that may matter the most.

In Azle, Texas the teams were ready, but it's the competition happening at half-time that had an extra buzz in the air.

Mariah Slick was one of four seniors nominated for homecoming queen. Her dad found out two weeks ago. In many ways, she's an average teenager -- talking to her boyfriend as her parents plead for just one more picture.

However, Slick was born with Down Syndrome. When students are asked to describe Mariah, they say it's something else that distinguishes her.

When the moment finally came during half-time, the announcement of homecoming queen was Mariah Slick.

Slick left with the crown, the crowd left with hearts just a little bigger, life just a little brighter.

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