A mother whose son with Down syndrome was named Homecoming King has praised his school as & # 39; warm, loving and inclusive & # 39 ;.
The son of Terri Stokes received the title, accompanied by his friend and now & # 39; Homecoming Queen & # 39; Khrystya Gordon, who also has Down syndrome.
Terri said the recently beaten status of her popular son proves that the Colorado-based Arapahoe High School is a & # 39; great community & # 39; is.
Crowns: Khrystya Gordon and Noah Stokes were voted by Homecoming Queen and King by their classmates at their school in Colorado
Popular: Noah, in the photo, who has Down syndrome, said he liked being elected Homecoming King
Victory: the older students, both of whom have Down syndrome, heard the news during a recent homecoming competition on Friday night
She told the local news channel KDVR aware of her son's popularity, she was pleasantly surprised when he was named Homecoming King at the school's Homecoming game last Friday.
& # 39; I had no idea it would come to that, & # 39; she said to the outlet.
She added: “It's just a great community. They are warm, loving, inclusive. It's just a great community.
& # 39; Ever since Noah is in school, every year has improved, and this is just the icing on the cake. & # 39;
Images from the game show that the duo is announced as king and queen for a huge applause from the audience.
Noah, a senior, agreed that he liked going to school and was happy that he had been chosen.
& # 39; I was happy, I love it, & # 39; he said to the news presenter.
Noah and Khrystya, who each brought a respective date, were both honored during the dance.
Comments: When the friends were announced as Homecoming King and Queen, there was an outburst of applause from their friends and classmates
Getting ready: Terri Stokes helps her son Noah get ready for the night of celebration
Friends: Noah, pictured, and his classmates gathered for dinner at a local Olive Garden for dance
Tiara: Khrystya & # 39; s mother posted a picture of the Homecoming Queen looking over the moon before going to the dance
They started the night with a meal at a nearby Olive Garden, along with their friends and classmates.
The proud mother of Khrystya, Sheyla, also went to Facebook to share a photo of her daughter in her yellow formal dress posing with date Peter.
Praise: Terri said the school, which has been haunted by tragedies in recent years, & # 39; loving and warm & # 39; is
Khrystya is also a cheerleader at the school.
According to reports, the new titles from Noah and Khrystya have been a moment of celebration in the middle of a harrowing few years before the school.
A junior student took her own life last month. It was the ninth suicide since 2013.
In a memo that was distributed to families of students, head teacher Natalie Pramenko said: & # 39; Students, remind each other how much you love and care for each other.
& # 39; Contact your friends and don't hesitate to let an adult (parent, teacher, coach, counselor, etc.) know if you or your friends are struggling. & # 39;
On Friday, 13, 2013 an 18 year old shooter also fatally shot a 15 year old female student in the head before pointing the gun at himself.
According to reports from that time, the male student planned to inflict damage on a faculty member who relegated him to the debate team.
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