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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Student with Down syndrome crowned homecoming king

Homecoming 2011 Urbana High School . (Jon Elswick)
Kevin Schombert, a student with Down syndrome, was crowned homecoming king this weekend at Urbana High School in Frederick County.

Schombert is a manager for the school’s basketball team and a huge sports fan.

“Kevin lives, breathes and bleeds Urbana Hawk Blue. Plus, he has a contagious smile!,” said senior Caitie Cyr, on a facebook page she created earlier this fall to rally support for his nomination.

“Let our legacy be more than championships, let’s do something that will make us all feel good. NOMINATE KEVIN SCHOMBERT HOMECOMING KING 2011!!!”

Caitie’s mother, Jennelle Cyr, was at the game when Kevin’s name was announced. “By the time his name was read, the entire home side of the stadium was chanting his name.”

“After the announcement, the “Urbaniacs” (student lead school spirit team) began a cheer in his honor! ” Cyr said in
Kevin Schombert, the newly crowned homecoming king, at Friday night’s homecoming dance at Urbana High School. (Jon Elswick)
an e-mail.

Kevin was crowned Friday evening at the homecoming dance.

Congratulations Kevin!!!


Urbana High School is also the home school of Michelle Shearer, an Advanced Placement Chemistry teacher who was awarded 2011 National Teacher of the Year.

Shearer has spent the year traveling the country and meeting with other teachers. You can follow her travels on her blog.

Joshua Parker, an English/Language Arts teacher at Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore County, was announced this month as Maryland’s Teacher of the Year, which also puts him in the running for the national award.

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