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Cardinal student gets special prom

By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Apr 20, 2017
Source: SUBMITTED Cardinal High School junior Hannah Sedore gets a big hug from Cardinal superintendent Joel Pedersen during a special prom for her Friday. Staff and students organized the event after learning that she would miss her actual prom due to a scheduled surgery.

ELDON — A Cardinal High School student got the surprise of a lifetime Friday when she showed up to school and learned that the entire student body had thrown a special prom just for her.

When Cardinal teacher associate Stephanie Maggio discovered that Hannah Sedore, an 11th grader, wouldn’t be able to attend her prom due to a scheduled surgery this week, she did something about it.

“Hannah was born with Hydrocephalus, a disorder where excessive fluid is on the brain. One of the things she struggles with is her speech. She is having jaw surgery this weeks in hopes that it will help her speech,” Maggio said.  “Prom is Saturday, and she was not going to be able to attend, and we knew we needed to do something for her. She had asked one of the boys to prom, Max Betancourt, and he said ‘yes.’

So of course, she was disappointed to find out that she couldn’t go. We decided on an assembly for the entire high school to attend, with a dress, hair and makeup, a couple of songs and refreshments.”

The event was kept a secret from Sedore, until the moment she entered the school’s gymnasium.

Students and staff members participated in what Maggio called an “amazing” event.

“I’m proud of our kids,” said school superintendent Joel Pedersen. “Everyone loves Hannah at Cardinal.”

“The heart of Cardinal is its student body,” Maggio said, adding that all of the boys and some of the girls stepped up and danced.

“It was awesome,” Sedore said of her prom, calling it the “the best day ever.”

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