The Impact of Inclusion: School names special needs students Homecoming King and Queen

Mount Si High School student body – you guys are a pretty amazing group of young adults.

Something special happened at the Mount Si High School Homecoming football game – something that has parents around the Snoqualmie Valley gushing this week.

On Friday night, October 19th – in the middle of a packed Wildcat Stadium – two deserving special needs students from the school’s Life Skills program – Madyson Ford and Joshua York – were introduced as the 2018 Homecoming Queen and King. Both have autism.

One reason the honor is so special, according to Madyson’s mom, Ashley, is simple: they are just typical teenagers who love to be included in things.

Ashley said, “My daughter loves concerts, movies, music and doing fun stuff like any other teenager…what the students did at Mount Si High is a huge deal to our kids with special needs.”

Inclusion is a small word that can have a big impact – and it left Josh and Madyson very excited.

In addition to being crowned during the football games, Madyson and Josh were also honored the following night during the Homecoming Dance at the Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.


Q13 News ran a story on the new royalty. You can see that HERE.


2018 Mount Si High School Homecoming Court


Madyson and Josh named Homecoming King and Queen


Madyson and Josh at the MSHS Homecoming Dance


Madison with MSHS Principal Belcher


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  • This is most excellent. Inclusion and diversity help everyone–it helps the people who are included, it helps increase the strength of our community, and it helps the community to understand the broad scope of “community.”

    Well done, Mt. Si High!

  • Living Snoqualmie