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BBIN Participants Crowned Homecoming King and Princess

By Amanda Armstrong
Best Buddies Indiana

The past few weeks have been filled with homecoming festivities at area high schools. Students have been busy buying dresses, attending football games and dances, and casting votes for their school's Homecoming King and Queen, but this homecoming season has also been a monumental one for the Best Buddies 'Inclusion Revolution.'

This year, two Best Buddies Indiana (BBIN) participants with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) were voted onto their schools' homecoming court.

Students at Westfield High School voted Buddy Director, Meghan Delaney, as Junior Class Princess at the school's Homecoming Football Game against Hamilton Southeastern High School on Saturday, September 22.

A week later, on Friday, September 28, at the Fishers High School game against Zionsville, Zachary Curtis, a senior and the Buddy Director of the Fisher's High School Best Buddies chapter, was crowned Homecoming King by his peers.

On his Facebook page, Curtis thanked his classmates:

"I am so honored to be at Fishers High School and I am so glad that I have a lot of people that truly love and care about you."

Curtis has been involved with Best Buddies since his freshman year. Curtis and fellow senior Madeline Fletchall have been 'buddies' through their high school's Best Buddies program all four years.

Fletchall explained her reaction to the announcement:

"As soon as they called Zach's name as king, I started crying. Knowing Zach as he came into high school freshman year with not very many friends at all to being elected Homecoming King senior year by his peers is unbelievable...I am so proud of who he is and how far he has come."

Kristen Johnson, program supervisor with BBIN, explained the importance of such accomplishments.

"Special moments like Zach and Meghan's, emphasize the incredible importance and ultimate triumph of social inclusion within our schools and in the community."


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