Flower Mound High School (FMHS) Circle of Friends (COF) “Happily Ever After” Grand Ball was held April 20. Circle of Friends is “an inclusion program for all students with disabilities, which hopes to bring understanding and acceptance of differences on school campuses.” The student group does many campus activities throughout the year, including visits to the special education classrooms and meeting the bus to escort students to school, but last month was the culmination of the year.
At the Grand Ball, friendships were evident, as each student paired up with a member of COF to serve as their escort and date for the evening. Special needs students arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn in a chauffeured limousine where they were met by their escort. Once they arrived, students and their escorts walked under a saber archway, courtesy of the FMHS JROTC.
Once inside, guests were ushered into a large ballroom, while students and their escorts lined up for their grand entrance into their prom. FMHS Vice Principal Estella Rupard read off the names of each special needs student, or the Royal Court, as well as their escort for the evening. After the introduction of the Royal Court, FMHS Principal Sonya Lail spoke about one student who passed away the previous week: Michaela Christian.
Students faced their escort and danced the ceremonial first dance to “For Good” from the Broadway musical “Wicked”. Once the song came to an end, students excitedly went to their tables for a sit down dinner.
After guests dined, the COF advisers announced special recognitions. The presentations concluded with a slide show showing photos of the seven graduating seniors from birth to present day. Once the presentations were concluded, an evening of dancing commenced.