Way to go, Libby and FHS

By Ken Esten Cooke— Frequently, what we read about young people is less than flattering. We worry about them texting while driving or experimenting with the wrong things.

But on Friday night, students and fellow nominees shone brightly as the sun when they crowned Libby Klein, a 19-year-old senior born with Down syndrome, as the FHS Homecoming Queen.

The good feelings made by this gesture have resonated throughout Central Texas as word has gotten out about Klein and our local students’ classy gesture. Other homecoming queen nominees gave their votes to Klein in a selfless act.

Everyone who was present at the halftime of the FHS-Llano football game likely teared up when Klein’s name was announced. It was a special moment to witness. And football player Lane Williams is to be commended for escorting the burgundy dress-class Klein onto the field.

But students insist it was not a sympathy vote. Classmates describe Klein as friendly, positive and upbeat — in short, an inspiring presence for others.

Still, students are to be commended for their “Elect Libby” drive, which resulted in her shining moment in front of a large Homecoming football game crowd.

Libby Klein is a beautiful young woman. We think her fellow students who helped crown her are just as beautiful.

Principal Ralf Halderman summed it up when he said, “It just goes to show you we have good kids with big hearts.”

We are proud of you, FHS.

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