Tuesday, September 20, 2011

'She Represents Everything That We Are'

ELON, N.C. — As Abbey Martin walked toward the football field at Western Alamance High School on Monday, other students called out her name in greeting.
“This is typical,” Cyndi Bryant, who teaches Martin and other special-needs students, said about the friendly exchanges. “Every single one of them knows her.”
Martin has Down syndrome and spends a lot of her time at school with other special-needs students. But those students get to mix with other students as much as possible, taking classes such as dance and physical education together.
Bryant’s statement about how well-known Martin is on campus is easy to believe, especially after what happened at Western on Friday night. Martin was crowned homecoming queen based on the results of vote of the student body.

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