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Desaray Carroll: Prom Queen of the Year

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        “Congratulations, you are this year’s prom queen!” For Desaray Carroll these words are not only a dream come true, but a reminder that our differences can’t prevent us from achieving. Carroll was born with cerebral palsy, thus she has always struggled both mentally and socially. Cerebral palsy is a disorder which greatly affects the brain and nervous system; it is often caused by brain damage during a child’s birth or during her early years. In school, she was bullied for her disability, which caused her trouble speaking and made it very hard for her to control the right side of her body. As the hurtful remarks continued unceasingly, Carroll decided to quit school, but instead end up attended Coahulla Creek High School where she met new, supportive friends.

        As prom season came along, with the help and encouragement from friends and family, Desaray Carroll was nominated Coahulla Creek High School’s prom queen. At first, her insecurity made Desaray skeptical about this nomination, however the motivation from classmates inspired her to continue and pursue this honor. The student body also assisted Carroll as she publicized herself schoolwide.

         Finally, prom night had arrived. That night, Desaray and her friends got dressed up and prepared themselves emotionally for the announcement of the winner. Towards the end of the dance, Desaray was surprised to hear her own name called as winner. She was speechless and didn’t believe she had truly won prom queen. Everyone surrounding her and she described feeling beautiful and normal, as if she didn’t have cerebral palsy. At this very moment, Carroll knew she was able to accomplish beyond what she believed she had the ability to do. Desaray Carroll has not only become a model to other children suffering from cerebral palsy but to anyone chasing a dream that may seem potentially out of reach. She is the true epitome of determination, perseverance, and success.

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