Student with Down syndrome crowned homecoming king in Frederick County

November 6, 2011

Kevin Schombert, a student with Down syndrome, was crowned homecoming king this fall 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 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-led school spirit team) began a cheer in his honor!” Cyr wrote in an e-mail.

P.S.: Urbana High is also the home school of Michelle Shearer, an Advanced Placement chemistry teacher who was named 2011 National Teacher of the Year. Shearer has spent the year traveling the country and meeting with other teachers.

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