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Alec Aman with longtime friend Megan Sorensen after the two were named homecoming king and queen at Blair High’s Oct. 6 dance.

Alec Aman was excited — and maybe a little nervous — as he stood on the stage at Blair High School’s homecoming.

When the senior, who has Down syndrome, heard his name announced as homecoming king, he tossed a thumbs-up to the crowd. After he accepted his crown, Aman sat next to the homecoming queen and planted a peck on her cheek.

Homecoming queen Megan Sorensen said it was no surprise to see Aman crowned king. Voting for him was the “talk around school” leading up to the Oct. 6 dance.

“Everyone wanted him to win,” said Sorensen, 17.

Sorensen and Aman have been close friends since sixth grade. She was excited to be named queen but was more touched to see how happy Aman was.

“I wouldn’t have wanted to be up there with anyone else,” Sorensen said. “That kid is so special.”

Aman, 18, embraced his new title. He posed for pictures and danced all night long. He didn’t take his crown off until it was time for bed, said his dad, Craig.

“They really embrace the kids with special needs,” Craig Aman said. “It really is a comforting thing to a parent of somebody with special needs. You feel they’re in a safe environment and also in an environment where the kids really want to be around each other.”

At Blair High School, Aman is always a “bright and shining face,” said Principal Tom Anderson, adding that students at the school embrace their peers who have special needs.

“Alec is probably one of our most positive people we have walking in this building,” Anderson said. “ He truly loves every moment of the day. Smiles are contagious, and if you get an opportunity to meet Alec, he will have a smile on his face.”

Aman loves being around people, his parents said. He’s something of a fixture at school events, attending as many sporting events and plays as he can. He’s also a big fan of the Huskers and Creighton Bluejays.

When he isn’t watching sports, he’s at home listening to music and watching mystery shows on TV.

The Amans said it was heartwarming to see their son named homecoming king.

“We just love how embracing the Blair student body is,” Karen Aman said. “It’s just so heartwarming to go out to any of the schools here in Blair and see (special needs students) fully integrated.”

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Kelsey covers health and fitness for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @kels2. Phone: 402-444-3100.

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