LEXINGTON -- They announced her name, but no one could hear it.
Bridget Trago was all smiles as she made her way through the auditorium Friday afternoon, the cheers of her classmates drowning out the microphone.
The Lexington student was one of five finalists for homecoming queen. Fellow senior Cade Stover escorted her to the stage, where she sat joined court members Isabelle Jedra, Abbie Masi, Danielle Gottschling and Mackenzie Davis.
Moments later, she and her fellow nominees each opened a box of roses. Trago lifted the lid, pulled out the only red bouquet and grinned. An audience of students, teachers and family members cheered and she walked across the stage to be crowned queen.
"I want to thank you all for choosing me to be your queen," she said. "It makes me really, really happy because you like me. I love you all. Go big Lex!"
Trago's parents and three older brothers were all there to watch.
"It's a dream," said her father, Vince Trago. "She's really loved this school. She's loved everyone she's gone to school with and she has wonderful teachers."
Trago has Down syndrome, a chromosomal condition that affects one in every 700 babies born in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nevertheless, she's been an active member of the community at Lexington High School. She's participated in two school musicals and even sang the national anthem at Lexington's homecoming game.
"To see the reaction from the whole school, to accept her, was really special," said Holly Rice, a history teacher at Lexington. "She's always got a smile on her face. When she goes into a room she is always talking to everyone she sees, asking how they're doing."
"She's very loving and she remembers everyone's name ... and their pet's names," said Bridget's mother, Charlene Trago.