Granite Bay crowns homecoming queen

Harris, 18, has Down syndrome
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Like her competitors who vied for the title of homecoming queen, Megan Harris is a popular senior at Granite Bay High School.

But she is also different than the other candidates. Harris has Down syndrome.

“I want to win so bad,” Harris said Friday afternoon, before the crown was awarded during that evening’s varsity football game.

Harris’ dream came true. The 18-year-old was named queen to a round of boisterous cheers and applause.

As a junior, she was nominated for princess, but didn’t win. She said she’d be “kinda disappointed” if she lost again this year.

The campaigning began a few weeks earlier. In a video to classmates, Harris talked about her love of karate and sushi and her dislike of bullying.

“I have not bullied someone,” she said. “I don’t like bullying. I don’t like it at all.”

The friendly senior also flashed her winning smile. Her mom, Sherri Harris, later said her daughter is a popular and friendly student.

“Everyone knows who she is,” she said.

Harris’ family — parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors — cheered her on during the homecoming parade.

“We’re all very excited,” her mom said.

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