Student with disabilities honored with homecoming nomination


by Rachel Platt

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 10:14 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It's homecoming week at Butler High School and it spells fun for everyone.

The big week culminates Friday night with the crowning of a Homecoming King and Queen and this year is extra special.

Jamesha Beard, a student with special needs, is nominated this year.

Jamesha is feeling very much part of student life and homecoming. Just ask her mother who says she is grinning from ear to ear.

Life hasn't been easy for Jamesha.  She was born 3 months prematurely with Goldenhar Syndrome, facial abnormalities and developmental delays.

And just this past May, Jamesha lost her father, James, the man she was named after.  This nomination, this moment, means so much to both mother and daughter.

And it apparently means a lot to the students at Butler; inclusion a way of life there.

Jessica Payton, a teacher at the school, says the kids don’t talk about it, they just nominate, because they know what it will mean to them.  And when Jamesha walks out on the field, it will be a special moment, and for that special moment she has a special dress in her favorite color!

Jamesha feels like a million bucks, in a dress fit for queen.  Literally from head to toe in yellow, we saw her practicing the walk they'll do Friday night, her classmate Rodrick will be escorting her.

Jamesha's mom says winning or losing doesn't really matter, Jamesha already feels like a queen.