Homecoming king: A special needs success story

Colin Peirce, a Nevada Union High School senior, surrounded by the Miners cheerleading squad.

The student body elected Colin Pierce, a 17-year-old with Down syndrome, as Nevada Union High School’s homecoming King. Colin Pierce’s parents were simply thankful to see their son named one of the three finalists, but were breathtaken as Colin was elected king. The parents saw him riding in a convertible and waving at the September 23rd homecoming game, in front of thousands if people. They never dreamed that he would be accepted to this extent. Sydnie Steinbach, junior cheerleader and peer tutor, and her friend, Dani Ruckman, began campaigning to elect Colin as the school’s homecoming king. One of the goals at Nevada Union special needs department was to integrate their students with the regular student body, and this action shows the benefits of such inclusion. Jennifer Victor, a special needs aide, emphasizes how the special needs staff had nothing to do with the election, and what the student body did for Colin shows what Nevada Union stands for. Click the link below to read more about Colin’s election for homecoming king.


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