INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- As 17-year-old Sarah Greene walked across the 50-yard line at Independence High School escorted by her parents, Betsy and Marty Greene, they all admitted they were more than a little nervous.
In minutes they’d learn if Sarah was chosen as the 2012 homecoming queen.
For Betsy, the moment seemed surreal.
“It’s a beautiful story and all the kids being able to understand differences and to not see them. It’s been a really, really nice experience,” she said.
The family was surprised when Sarah, who has Down Syndrome, was nominated but now it looked like she might win.
Her friends weren’t surprised at all.
They say Sarah is an inspiration with her positive personality and infectious laugh.
Leanne Harvan said, “She just makes me happy.”
“She has so much spirit and is uplifting to be around,” added Austin Catalano. “Everyone loves her.”
It seemed students and staff were rooting for Sarah Friday night as the Blue Devils took on Fairport Harding.
Not only is she a cheerleader, but Sarah is also a good student.
“She’s just an amazing person. She’s a hard worker, has a really good attitude about things,” said William McGuinness, her principal.
Finally it was halftime and despite the downpour, the nominees for queen and king stood on the track, anxiously awaiting the results.
When the announcer read Sarah’s name the crowd went wild and began chanting "Sarah Greene is Queen.”
Sarah seemed a little surprised that she won and with a big smile said, “I’m really excited.”
Homecoming king is Graham Montague.
As the teams returned to the field and more than a few tears were wiped away, Sarah returned to her position as cheerleader.
But it became abundantly clear that she will always hold a spot in everyone’s heart here at Independence High.