Thanks for the Invite, Holton!

An invitation to a career fair at Central Elementary School in Holton opened the door to learning the great story of Holton High School's senior prom. In fact, the teachers were so excited to have their students share the story, they became part of the career fair - the elementary students got to see us do a real interview that aired as part of the story on the news! Holton's seniors decided to elect Ashley and Jed their prom king and queen. Ashley and Jed have Down Syndrome. Both were a joy to meet - Ashley showed off her fingernails, still painted pretty from her prom preparations, then gave me a hug as we got ready to leave. Both talked excitedly about their Special Olympics competition coming up the next day. As great as it was to meet them, I was just as impressed with how three high school seniors expressed what Ashley and Jed meant to their class. Cory, Breanna and Alicia told how seeing Ashley and Jed smile will make a bad day better; how they've taught the rest of the class the importance of living life to the fullest. But why prom king and queen? Because, they said, they wanted their king and queen to represent the best there was, and, to them, Ashley and Jed represented the way they want to be - loving life, loving everyone, not judging. So, hats off to Ashley, Jed and all the Holton High School seniors, and also to the Central Elementary School students for inviting me to be part of their day and sharing in Ashley and Jed's story. I'm sharing some pictures of my career fair audience, because we couldn't get them all on the news that night! The story of Ashley and Jed is also attached. Enjoy.

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