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Student with Down syndrome chosen as Central High School homecoming queen

By Jennifer Johnson / Grand Forks Herald

Standing among a throng of football players at Central High School on Friday, student Baylee Bjorge was anxiously anticipating one of the biggest moments of her high school career.

She was moments away from being chosen as the school’s homecoming queen. Bjorge, who has Down syndrome, was voted by her peers for the honor.

She felt “awesome” that she was chosen for the final four, she said.

Katie Marcotte, her mother, said the whole crowd roared when she was chosen. Later, Bjorge said, “Central has made my dreams come true.”

Marcotte said the student body should be commended for honoring her daughter, particularly the hockey and football players who made signs and rallied around her so she could win.

Landon Swallow, a junior, said he voted for Bjorge because he knew how much it meant to her.

“She wanted it the most,” he said.

Swallow said Bjorge frequently sits with him at breakfast, one table among several she routinely visits. She’ll always come by to greet fellow students, he said.

Marcotte said she was proud of the student body and that her daughter was a great candidate.

“She probably has the most school spirit of anyone,” she said.

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