Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 02 August |
Saint of the Day: St. Peter Julian Eymard
home iconInspiring Stories
line break icon

Classmates vote couple with Down syndrome as their prom king and queen

Dylan Hughes and Amelie Barker

Monmouth Comp | Twitter | Fair Use

Cerith Gardiner - published on 07/19/19

And the couple are determined to wed.

To be nominated as prom king and queen is a dream for many young adolescents. So when 16-year-old sweethearts Dylan Hughes and Amelie Barker found out they’d been voted by their class peers to be the royal couple for the evening, they were “really chuffed” (a British term meaning “thrilled to bits”). What makes this nomination even more meaningful is that both Dylan and Amelie have Down syndrome.

The two pupils from Monmouth Comprehensive school in Ross-on-Wye in England attended their end-of-year dance looking picture perfect. Although Amelie was dressed in a pretty floral prom dress and Dylan in a smart tuxedo, the couple’s radiant smiles were perhaps what stood out the most in the photo.

Having known each other since they were three, the two have only started dating in the last six months. “It has very much been driven by the two of them — they told us they were boyfriend and girlfriend and that they want to get married eventually. It’s all been planned out,” Amelie’s mom, Katharina shared with the BBC.

And the future looks very bright for this loving couple. Dylan, a huge sports enthusiast who’s competed in Swimming World Championships in Canada, has set his sights on playing rugby for Wales or becoming a physical education teacher. Whereas his sweetheart, Amelie, is beginning a course in childcare this coming September. “She very much likes to work with children — she has a real knack for it,” explains her mom.

The real success behind this inspiring love story perhaps comes from the pair’s supportive family. Moms Katharina and Victoria met when their children were very young and 10 years ago decided to create a charity, 21 Plus, that aims to offer support for families who have children with Down syndrome.

Now that their children will no longer be attending the same school, the families are determined to help these lovebirds make their dreams come true. So who knows, perhaps the next picture perfect portrait will be of Dylan and his bride on their wedding day!


BITTY AND BEAU'S COFFEE

Read more:
Coffee shop hiring people with Down syndrome is fast becoming a beloved chain


MAYBELLE MAY

Read more:
Catholic school awarded for implementing “full inclusion” for people with Down syndrome and autism

Tags:
ChildrenDown Syndrome
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
SIMONE BILES
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
2
Ignacio María Doñoro
Francisco Veneto
The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a ...
3
HIDILYN DIAZ
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
4
JEDZENIE
Theresa Civantos Barber
The one thing we all should do before this summer ends
5
Zelda Caldwell
German women’s gymnastics teams modest dress protests sport’s ...
6
CARLO ACUTIS
Violeta Tejera
Carlo Acutis’ first stained glass window in jeans and sneak...
7
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.