By Tim Chambers
No game-winning shot or slam dunk could have ever captured the applause that a Johnson County High School student did on homecoming night inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Melinda Rozier won the hearts of every fan there by making one of the biggest assists ever before a capacity crowd and it didn’t involve passing a basketball. Instead, she passed on her homecoming princess crown to Becky Reece who is battling cerebral palsy.
She and Rozier have been friends since elementary school and both attend Johnson County High School.
“I see her in the halls at school and she’s always smiling” said Rozier. “Becky has that special glow that makes the room light up.”
The junior cheerleader was right on her assessment.
Reece had a smile on her face when receiving the crown that made the entire gym light up. Cheerleading coach Summer Eller knew that it would be a special moment.
“It’s so meaningful to have someone share a title that they didn’t know they were getting,” said Eller. “I think this shows the type of kids we have here at Johnson County. I believe that our school system has a protective eye on our students with disabilities. That gets passed on down to the students. Melinda made it a special night for everyone.”
The thought had been in Rozier’s mind since Reece was nominated for queen during football season but didn’t win. Eller saw the wheels turning in Rozier’s head but didn’t want her to be disappointed.
“There was no guarantee of a crown,” said Eller. “But I knew her mind was already made up.”
It was like any other homecoming night when Rozier was announced as the princess. That was until she took the microphone in front of everyone and addressed the crowd with this message.
“I think that this title would be better if I could share it with Becky Reece, who was nominated out of her class but did not make it onto the court.”
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