Azle nominates special girl for homecoming queen

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on September 29, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 30 at 11:42 PM

AZLE - Mariah Slick is already the talk of the town, but all she can talk about is homecoming.

The 18-year-old with Down syndrome was nominated by her classmates to be Azle High School's Homecoming Queen.

"From that moment on, it was just a ball of excitement," said Susan Slick, Mariah's mother. "Other teachers, kids calling me saying, 'Mariah's nominated for homecoming queen.'"

Mariah's mom has always let her try new things. She raised to her to look for new opportunities.

Homecoming queen is just the latest. She's already a Hornets cheerleader.

"We nominated her as class favorite last year, and it was cool to see her get that," said Mary Mooney. "And this was another opportunity to see her do something."

Special education teacher Carmen Chapa-Gutierrez told News 8 she is thrilled Mariah could be queen. She's seen Mariah overcome long odds to make it to her senior year.

As proud as she is for her student, she's in awe of the entire senior class.

"I really think if Mariah wins, we win. Because it really shows the character of those who voted," Chapa said. "That they would see past what is typical and acceptable and see the value that she adds. Even though she doesn't fit the part of what you would see as a queen."

Mariah has already picked out a sparkling green dress to wear to the dance. Azle will announce the winner Friday night at halftime of the football game.

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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