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Sebring girl with Down syndrome named homecoming queen

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 05:19 PM

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The night of her life

Samantha Alamo, a senior at Sebring High School, started Friday as a student and ended the day as a star when she was named homecoming queen.

But, Samantha is not the typical high school student. She has Down syndrome.

"We don't look at her being Down's," said Krystle Alamo, her sister. "She's Samantha, she's not any different."

Their mother died in April, and their father died a year before. Since then, Krystle has played the role of both parents.

"They would want her to be happy and joyful," Krystle Alamo said. "Like my dad would say, 'Live it up.'"

Then, Friday night the drama built. Samantha was escorted onto the field, smiling and waving to her cheering fans. "I love you," she yelled.

She admitted she was nervous before the announcement of this year's homecoming queen, and let out a shriek when she heard her name.

News Channel 8 reporter Jason Beisel contributed to this report.

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