A couple who both have Down syndrome were crowned prom queen and king by their classmates! The two teenage sweethearts said they were ‘thrilled’ when they heard the announcement.
Dylan Hughes and Amelie Barker, both 16 years old, received the title at Monmouth Comprehensive School in Wales after they reached the top in a vote from their schoolmates.
45-year-old Victoria Hughes, Dylan’s mom, said: “He came home at midnight a very happy young man. Dylan didn’t want to take his crown and sash off – he was really thrilled.”
The two started dating in March but they were friends since they were just toddlers. They were only 3 when they first saw each other, after Victoria and Amelie’s mom, Katherina Baker, set up the charity 21 Plus for parents with children who have the condition.
Amelie and Dylan went to different primary schools but both of them went to Monmouth Comprehensive School and became great friends.
“They have become very close over the last 18 months and we all started to realise there was a romance going on,” Victoria expressed.
“Then in March Dylan asked me if he could take Amelie out on a date. They wanted to go to Pizza Express together, just the two of them. It was a lovely idea.”
She continued: “The manager and staff were really helpful, they kept an eye and had my telephone number just in case.
“Dylan and Amelie were so excited, I was the one that was a bit nervous. I wanted to hide in the car around the corner. But it went off beautifully, they really enjoyed their first date just like any other teenagers.”
Victoria added: “It’s got quite serious and they are declaring everlasting love for each other.
“There was only ever going to be one girl that Dylan wanted to take to the prom. Their school friends think it’s very sweet and we knew they had planned a surprise at the prom.
“The evening was in full swing when we had a call to say Dylan and Amelie had been voted prom king and queen. They both thought it was fabulous.”
Congratulations, Dylan and Amelie!
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