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10/11/04-Kilgore

Student With Down Syndrome Crowned Homecoming Queen

Escorted by her father, Erin Gore clearly stood out among the seven princesses on Kilgore High School's Homecoming Court.

The 20-year-old has Down Syndrome.

"So many people voted for me and made me happy," she said.

Erin was thankful to the boys of the school's Vocational Industrial Club of America," who nominated her.

Julie: You heard it over the loud speakers, right? What did you do?

Erin: Cry.

Before even hitting the field, Erin had already been practicing her royal wave -- blowing a kiss.

She was certainly ready for her big moment, when the announcer said: "And now, ladies and gentlemen, without further adieu, we would like to present the homecoming queen for 2004-2005... Miss Erin Gore!

The crowd cheered, and Erin said: "I told Daddy, 'Let's go.'"

She says her father was stunned and froze in his tracks, but she had a feeling she would win. After all, she had her fingers crossed the whole time, literally.

Getting crowned Homecoming Queen has always been a dream for Erin because she loves football.

Julie: Did you ever think that one day you might be a Homecoming Queen yourself?

Erin: (shakes her head) "Mm mm."

Although she still wears her crown proudly and feels like a queen, Erin says winning the title hasn't changed who she is.

"I'm still me," she said with a laugh.

Erin is taking her new title very seriously. She now calls her parents "Queen Daddy" and "Queen Mother." And she says she can't wait to crown next year's homecoming queen.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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