GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) —Even though she’s a high school senior, Sinclair Bice is in her first year at Grand Rapids Catholic High School.
And yet, last week she made enough new friends and connections to become homecoming queen. AMDG’s inclusion program helped her build those relationships and was one of the reasons her parents, Chad and Victoria Bice, decided to send her there.
Sinclair Bice has Down syndrome and is typically paired with adult tutors in more traditional school programs.
“The (AMDG Inclusion) program provides more student-to-student interaction, the ability to have peers guide your movements throughout the day and give you some social cues, or host you at the lunch table and hang out with you by your locker. between classes, which becomes more inclusive. She learns from them, and then they also learn from her that she’s just another girl at school with them, even though she might look a little different, sound a little different, or act a little different.” – said Victoria Bais.
Sinclair Bice said: “My friends voted for me.” She felt “so happy” and “excited” when she heard the news. She said she had to wear three dresses for three homecoming court events.
Victoria Bais described the whole experience as “heartbreaking”.
“It’s just an incredible honor to know that the students at Catholic Central are so caring and wonderful and have taken Sinclair into their hearts, and she’s one of them,” she said.
Although the crown makes Sinclair Bice stand out as queen, she and her parents are very happy that it shows that she fits in.