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Pittsburg High School Nominates Special Needs Student To Homecoming Court

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The mascot at Pittsburg High School has been nominated for Homecoming King.

"Kiss of a hand, after getting a crown, usually they put it on the head," said Homecoming King Nominee Bryce Commons, a special needs student.
 
Between preparing for Homecoming Court, and managing his mascot duties during Homecoming Week, Commons is a pretty busy dragon. After fours years as Pittsburg High School's mascot, he is awaiting Friday's game to see if he can add Homecoming King to his list of school accomplishments.

"I'm going to give high fives and make them feel happy," said Commons.
 
Common's mom says he's the life of the party and that the homecoming king nomination is all he talks about, well, apart from Selena Gomez. And that even though he has Autism, it hasn't stopped her son from just being one of gang at Pittsburg High School.

"It shows that they accept special needs kids, I mean, Bryce is accepted as a peer, this is not a joke, I mean, they truly truly accept him," Bryce's mom, Mandy Commons said.
 
"Around here if you mess with Bryce or people like Bryce, we don't exactly let it happen. We're friends with them, we accept them," said Senior Abby Herring. 

"He's pretty great, I mean everyone likes him, he's a good kid, he's really nice to everybody. He draws people pictures all the time," said Senior Reece Burns.
 
Both Burns and Herring say that Common's winning attitude has won their vote for Homecoming King, and even though Commons has to wait until Friday afternoon to find out if he'll take home the crown, he says he's not too worried. 

"Yes, they are voting for me," Commons said.
 
The results will be announced at Pittsburg High School's Homecoming Game against Coffeyville, Friday at 7 PM.

For a link to Pittsburg High Schools Website, click here.

CORRECTION:  We initially reported that, if selected, Bryce would be the first special needs student elected King by Pittsburg High.  In fact, the school elected a special needs student as King in 1999 - Levi Coulter.  We apologize for the error.

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