Special needs students honored as Pewaukee High School homecoming queen

Posted at 10:14 PM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 23:14:49-04

This year's Pewaukee High School queen exudes sparkle. 

"Happy," said Brianna Simmons, the school’s homecoming queen. 

That's how Brianna Simons felt when she was crowned queen and how her peers describe her. 

"She just has such a positive outgoing personality," said Elizabeth Laning, a cheerleader.

"Brianna is so bubbly and bright she's always smiling she always makes me smile," said Clara Gund, another cheerleader.

Brianna is part of a special cheer squad. 

"The Sparkle Crew is a group of special needs students that are peer mentored by the varsity cheerleaders," said Anna Duerwachter, Cheerleading Coach. 

"It's the best," Simmons said. 

Every club nominated a candidate for court. The cheerleaders chose Brianna to represent the Sparkle Crew. The school voted for her to win. 

"I was told that Brianna won by a landslide," Duerwachter said. 

Brianna's mom didn't see the crown coming. 

"When you have a special needs child you don't always know what their life is going to be like or what's going to happen. To see this was just a phenomenal thing as a parent and I have to say I'll probably never be happier in my life than I was that day," Debbie Simmons said.