Homecoming season in El Paso is always a special time. Alumni and current students all partake in celebrations from homecoming parades to pep rallies. For Coronado High student Samantha Gonzalez, this homecoming was a dream come true.

Friday night during the Coronado-Pebble Hills game, the homecoming court took the field. As nerves were taking over the four young lady's in the court, Samantha and her father, Mario Gardea, remained confident.

The announcement was made. Samantha had won.

The smile on Samantha's face was infectious and wouldn't leave her face, especially once she was announced as the 2017 Coronado Homecoming Queen. Her proud parents watch on as their little girl took the spotlight that night.

Her fellow classmates voted Samantha to be the Queen due to her positive presence, everyday at school. According to the El Paso Times, Samantha was "born with Down syndrome but she never let it stop her."

Samantha definitely is going to have a bright future as she continues to be a force in her hip-hop dance group. She is even preparing to head to college. Now as Coronado royalty, the future is wide open for Samantha. She is truly an inspiration to many of her classmates, friends and family.

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