Courtni Henry given key to the City of Grand Coteau by mayor after being crowned homecoming queen


Shortly after taking off her tiara and ballgown, Beau Chene High School Homecoming Queen Courtni Henry got a phone call that would once again, change her life.

This call, from Grand Coteau Mayor Shatteral Johnson, was the ultimate surprise of a lifetime because it came less than a week after Courtni, who has down syndrome, realized her dreams of one day wearing a crown, when students and faculty at Beau Chene selected the high school senior as their 2018 homecoming queen.

Henry, who lives in Sunset,  has attended the school since the 9th grade.

“Certain souls were sent to this earth to bring joy, and God sent me my baby for a reason,” her mother Shelia Gradney said.  

Last week, escorted by her proud parents, and other family members Henry was presented with an honorary key to the city of Grand Coteau. 

“You are always welcomed here in the city of Grand Coteau,” Mayor Johnson said. “We Love You!” 

Henry was born with Down syndrome but she has never let it stop her from doing what she wants in life. “She is who she is.” her mother said.  “The students at Beau Chene saw no disability,” they only saw her heart.”

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for Courtni who was also the Grand Marshal in the Sunset Elementary School Parade. 

Later this month, she will be the guest of honor at the Buddy Walk for down syndrome in downtown Lafayette.    

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