It’s a quintessential part of the high school experience – the day the students choose their Homecoming King and Queen. But when Katie Gassman heard her name called, she likely felt thrilled for another reason. And that’s because she had a surprise up her sleeve for Chelsea Sloan, a fellow nominee who has Down Syndrome.
According to Chelsea’s mom, Angie, her 18-year-old daughter was “ecstatic” to be voted onto Wayne Community Schools’ homecoming court. Angie wrote in a Facebook post, “Ever since she found out, she’s been […] telling everyone, including doctors, therapists, receptionists – seriously, everyone.”
Angie noted that Chelsea’s joy was infectious. “I was so excited, because she doesn’t usually get too worked up about these types of things,” she wrote. But the mother and daughter prepared for Homecoming day with all of the typical bells and whistles.