Just when you thought you’ve heard enough bullying stories in the media, this heartwarming story will definitely put a smile on your face. Kendra Hager might have been born with down syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped her from living her life to the fullest and being named Homecoming Queen of her high school, too.
According to The Today Show, Kendra is just like any other typical teen. She loves to get her hair and nails done, went shopping for the perfect Homecoming Dress and hasn’t stopped wearing her crown ever since she was named Homecoming Queen last week.
“I’ll catch her checking herself out in the mirror wearing it and she’s very cautious when letting friends try it on,” Tessa Walkup, Kendra’s mom, said. “She even asked if she should to wear it to school every day.”
The best part is even though Kendra has down syndrome, her peers don’t treat her any differently. She has a huge group of friends, is part of her school’s cheerleading squad and is a very social teen.
After graduating from high school, Kendra plans to pursue her interest in meteorology and is looking into a program at Southern Illinois University.
Rock on, Kendra! I also have to give Kendra’s peers lots of credit here for treating Kendra like the very normal (and popular) teen that she is. Here’s hoping more high schools will follow suit.