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East Valley Junior With Down Syndrome Crowned Homecoming Queen

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The school year is in full swing for high schools across the area, and with classes back in sessions, the annual traditions are well underway. Homecoming week ended last Friday for East Valley High School and this year it will be remembered for a beautiful moment at the 50 yard line during the football game.

Tiffany Allen was born with down syndrome 17 years ago. Her friends say she always brings them a smile so that's why they wanted to return the favor. A month ago Tiff's paraprofessional Debbie Strehlou got an idea.

"When I heard they were taking nominations for homecoming queen I sat there and I said, ‘Ya know, why can't Tiffie be a Queen?" Strehlou said. "I emailed Brenda Gaver who's in charge and she said give me a name and I said Tiffany Allen."

The nomination was in and the students took over from there. In just a few days she went from nominee to finalist when Tiffany was placed in the top three out of 20 girls. Last Friday at the football game they announced the winner.

It was Tiffany Allen.

Her grandmother called it the best night of her life. The crowning brought a tear to her because she knows it's a moment Tiffany will never forget.

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