Colleen Fisher just may be the most popular Prom Queen ever selected at Oakfield-Alabama High School.
In a landslide of ballot votes, the 18-year-old garnered all but about two votes to be crowned at the junior/senior prom held at Stafford Country Club.
She is a graduating senior, very well liked, who happens to have Down syndrome.
“She is a wonderful young girl,” said High School Principle Lynn Muscarella.
Colleen’s teacher says Colleen’s thrilled with the honor.
“She’s on Cloud 9,” teacher Adrienne Fuore told Muscarella. “Being named Prom Queen has made her whole year.”
And it has been a busy one. She studies basic life skills for a half-day, then takes vocational classes --called the West Program – at Boces.
In addition, she’s been active in Drama Club and this year she started learning how to play clarinet.
For the spring musical presention, the musicians all learned a song that Colleen could perform on her clarinet. It was the traditional standard “Hot Cross Buns.” She also played the final song with the group and the audience was delighted.
“I’ve never seen or heard of anyone with Down syndrome being named Prom Queen,” Muscarella said. “I am just so proud of my kids here. It tells you a lot about them.”
Colleen's mother, Dawn Fisher, said the event was the highlight of her daughter's senior year.
"She was excited about the prom in general, about life, and when she won she yelled 'I won!'" Dawn said. "It is awesome that the kids chose her. They recognized her. It was very selfless of them."
Prom royalty pictured on top, from left: Princess Randi Zakes, Prince Nathan Klos, Queen Colleen Fisher and King Kevin Beuler.
Inset above, the royal couple, King Kevin and Queen Colleen.