October 10, 2007 You won't read it in the front page headlines. It won't make the 5 o'clock news. But everyone's talking about the Almont High School student body and the stir they created on Friday.
In a collective act of kinship, the students elected Joey Gyergyov and Janelle Zott as reigning Homecoming King and Queen during Friday's football game.
That vote is special because the winners rarely, if at all, get any moments in the spotlight as special needs students.
Perhaps their classmates at Almont High School realized that by electing Joey and Janelle to the 2007 Homecoming Court and giving them the chance to be recognized, to be part of the crowd, to be acknowledged and included by their peers.
The emotion, good will and plain old camaraderie demonstrated by the student body touched the hearts of everyone in attendance on Friday and reflects on the community like a bright light of hope.
While Friday's Homecoming election won't make headline news, it will be a treasured and lasting memory for two special students, their families and their classmates—who have demonstrated that they're pretty special, too.