OPINION

From the parents of royalty: 'Thank you Devils Lake High students'

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
The parents of Devils Lake High School Homecoming king Alex Paulson and queen Cassidy Shereck have written a letter thanking Devils Lake students.

Dear editor:

I would like to tell the community of Devils Lake what type of students we have at Devils Lake High School, especially the Senior Class of 2015.

Last week the senior class nominated and advocated for two young adults that have Down Syndrome to be Homecoming King and Queen. In some schools throughout the country, this could only be a dream for a child with special needs but the Seniors at DLHS made it very clear that dreams like this truly can and do come true for their classmates.

When your child is born with special needs, you fear that your child won't be included in the childhood games, that peers might bully them and they wouldn't have friends - and certainly you don't allow yourself to accept that they won't be the basketball star or Homecoming Royalty.

Those fears were totally unfounded at DLHS, Devils Lake Middle School and Prairie View Elementary. From day one our children found friends that always had time for high fives, hugs and encouraging cheers. Their peers have been nothing less than compassionate, caring, kind and inclusive.

Several comments of the Senior Class will forever be in our hearts: " We knew it meant so much more to Alex and Cassidy than to anybody else to be Homecoming Royalty that we had to make it happen." "We talked about this since we were freshmen." and lastly -" We LOVE Alex and Cassidy."

2015 Seniors - you have forever deeply touched and impacted your classmates, your community and these two students (Alex and Cassidy) by your many acts of kindness and unselfishness.

The community of Devils Lake should be very proud of the students of Devils Lake High School.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Paulette and Kim Paulson;

Kim and Leroy Shereck

Devils Lake, ND