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Homecoming Queen with Down Syndrome 'Walking On Air'

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And now, time for a purely "good news" story: The Chicago Tribune ran a delightful article a few days ago about a young woman with Down syndrome who was chosen as homecoming queen.

Now that she's royalty, Anne Jennings dances down the hallways, bursts into excited giggles and hugs her BFFs, or "best friends forever," without warning. Of course, she did pretty much all those things before being named homecoming queen at Libertyville High School, but somehow, life has become more magical.

As a 17-year-old with Down syndrome, the senior "has been walking on air" since being crowned this month.

"Before, I was just plain me," said Jennings, selected by student vote out of 17 nominated girls. "When I was queen, it changed. It's amazing. Everyone loves me. I love me."

It's hard not to smile when you see the photo gallery. I also appreciate that the reporter took time to interview Annie, because her personality really shines through. Congratulations Annie!

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This is an amazing story. It shows that teenagers do sometimes think of things that are more important. In one of my classes, our teacher asked if public schools can produce good citizens. I believe it can, and when I hear stories like this one it is affirmation. It is amazing that there were 17 other girls running against her. I think that these teenagers picked the one that deserves it most and that is what being homecoming queen is supposed to be about. I am very impressed with all of the students at that high school!

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