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Lakeside homecoming queen with Downs syndrome to make TV debut

Steve Harvey show airs at 3 p.m. today on WJBF-TV

Posted: November 30, 2012 - 11:46am  |  Updated: December 3, 2012 - 9:18am
Jessica Giddens celebrates after being named homecoming queen as her father, John Giddens, stands in the background. A piece about Jessica will air Monday on the Steve Harvey Show.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Jessica Giddens celebrates after being named homecoming queen as her father, John Giddens, stands in the background. A piece about Jessica will air Monday on the Steve Harvey Show.

 


Lakeside High School homecoming queen Jessica Giddens, a teen with Down Syndrome whose celebratory image lit up the school and social media, will make her national television debut on Monday.


Jessica was taped recently for an appearance on the Steve Harvey Show, which airs locally at 3 p.m. on WJBF-TV.


The Lakeside senior will be with other students Monday afternoon to watch the show in the school’s media center, said Assistant Principal Melanie Sprouse.


“We’ve got a special chair for her to sit in that looks like a panther paw,” the school’s mascot, Sprouse said, “and she’ll be wearing her tiara.”


The segment is to air as part of the show’s Heroes Series, and will include video vignettes from other Lakeside students whose lives have been touched by Jessica’s infectious enthusiasm, Sprouse said.


“I think it’s going to be great,” she said.


A producer also told her that Harvey, after the taping, asked for Jessica to be booked for a future show, Sprouse said, calling the Lakeside senior a “superstar.”


The photograph of Jessica’s celebration upon being named homecoming queen Oct. 26, snapped by News-Times photographer Jim Blaylock, went viral after the image and Scott Rouch’s story received thousands of “shares” on Facebook.

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