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Homecoming King’s mother hopes his story will inspire others with special needs

Andrew Bowman was crowned the West Genesee High School Homecoming King on Friday, and since then his story has captured the attention of many.


Camillus (WSYR-TV) - Andrew Bowman was crowned the West Genesee High School Homecoming King on Friday, and since then his story has captured the attention of many.

The West Genesee senior, who has Down syndrome, has never let his special needs get in the way of his success.

His mother Susan is now hoping Andrew’s story can be an inspiration to others.

“I hope he has opened doors for kids who are just starting out in the district or other districts. That the sky is the limit - you can do whatever you want to do,” Susan Bowman said.

Andrew has proven the sky is the limit.

He is an accomplished band member and athlete; he has dozens of medals from the Special Olympics to prove it.

And if you ask teachers and classmates, Andrew is affectionately known as the “Mayor of West Genesee.”

“I started crying and everyone was cheering and he was just beaming and smiling ear-to-ear. He's had moments before, but this was just wow - his school, his peers,” Susan explained.

Andrew’s mother says she is proud of her 19-year-old son, but that she is also proud of his classmates who have always supported him.

Susan says that Andrew may take courses at Onondaga Community College or Syracuse University after he graduates from West Genesee High School in June.

To read what Superintendent Chris Brown had to say about Andrew, click here.


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