Special needs student voted as Belen High’s homecoming king


Being crowned Homecoming King or Queen is a big deal and for a Belen High School student with down syndrome, it’s all he’s ever dreamed of.

“On Friday, home game and homecoming king this (inaudible) and Friday,” said Steven Torres.

Torres is a senior at Belen High School. Many say he has the most school spirit of anyone at Belen High. 

He showed KRQE News 13’s signs he painted for Friday’s football game.

Steven has down syndrome, he’s best known for putting smiles on his classmate’s faces.

“I mean look at him now,” said fellow senior Erick as Steven was dancing. “He’s a king, he’s a king, no one like him out there.”

Since middle school, Steven has always dreamed of being homecoming king.

“He wanted to be royalty,” said senior Destiny.

And that dream is about to come true. His friends rallied behind him and campaigned for Steven to become king.

“We put posters up for Steven and he gave out candy, we made these buttons,” said Destiny. “Steven has made a huge impact these last years and I think there couldn’t be a better candidate for this position, to be our king, to represent us. He has the heart of a lot of the students here.” 

No one ran against Steven and Friday, it was announced he will be Belen High’s next homecoming king.

“Out of anyone that could’ve run, he deserved it the most,” said student Aislyn.

“Everybody thinks he deserves it because he works so hard through school and he helps everybody, every day and he brings a smile to everyone’s faces,” said senior Eryn.

“Steven, there’s no one out there like him,” said senior Erick. “Love that guy.” 

Steven will not only be king of the school, but the king of his classmate’s hearts, too.

When asked if he was excited to become the next homecoming king, Steven sounded surprised: “Next homecoming king?”

It seems the news hasn’t quite sunk in yet, but maybe it will when he is officially crowned at Tuesday’s coronation ceremony.

Steven’s family said his next dream is to learn how to drive. He also plans to continue his education.

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