Students crown boy with Down Syndrome as Coming Home king

Daniel Wood

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Students at Independence High School in Thompson’s Station elected a special young man as Coming Home King over the weekend.

Senior Daniel Wood, who has Down syndrome, was given the title at the school’s home game against Centennial High School.

“We all nominated him to win this,” said senior Jake Current, who helped organize a campaign to elect Daniel. “We all voted for him. We got everybody to vote for him. We were dead-set on him winning this.”

Wood is one of the school’s most popular students, and he was surprised when his name was called during the halftime ceremony.

“I wore a crown,” Wood told News 2. “I’m the Coming Home king.”

A video of his crowning moment was uploaded to YouTube. Watch it here.

“He actually sat at home when he got it, and watched it over and over. He had it on repeat and watched it over and over,” said Current.

After Wood’s name was called, Current and fellow baseball player Trent Starr stormed the court to celebrate.

Even fans from Centennial High School joined in.

“I will never forget this,” said Starr. “He’s one of my good buddies. I’m so happy this happened and he’s the king, the Coming Home king.”

Wood told News 2 he spent much of the weekend wearing and admiring his new crown.

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