Tuesday, February 7, 2011
Every once in a while, a person makes an impact on your life and it's tough to know how to repay them. Students at Holton High School found the perfect answer for one of their own.
Among the candidates for Winter Sports Festival royalty was Anne Riederer. While her fellow royalty candidates spoke of earning college degrees and furthering athletic careers, Anne's goals trended toward the simpler things in life - spending time her grandmother and attending exercise classes.
Anne moved to Holton from Chicago in 6th grade. Her classmates embraced her, Downs Syndrome aside, with open arms.
Still, school officials didn't know what to expect when Anne was nominated as Winter Sports Festival royalty, but Anne had strong support at the ballot box. Joshua Schirmer said he voted for Anne because "she's a pretty cool girl," while Emily Zwlatzer explained Anne "gets along with everyone and is really friendly."
Friday night, Anne stood center court as the drumroll ended with her name announced as queen.
"I feel happy," she said, smiling after basking in the thunderous applause of the crowd. "I think it is an honor."
An honor bestowed by classmates who believe Anne taught them one of the most important lessons of all - as her king, Brandon Haefke described it, to put others ahead of themselves.