Special needs students wins prom king at Taft

Teen has not taken off sash, crown since prom


Prom 2014 at Taft High School will be a memorable one due to the overwhelming election of the prom king -- a senior who few would have predicted would win the election just a few months ago.

Dillon Estrada, 18, has Fragile X syndrome, a genetic condition that acts much like autism.

Dillon's brother also has the syndrome, but their mother decided both would enter public school for better or worse.

"I wasn't so sure about high school because anything can happen there, but it's been a great experience for him," said Anna Estrada, Dillon's mother.

Instead of an isolating high school career, the students embraced him.

Dillon was asked to prom by fellow senior Cheyenne DeLeon. He was nominated for prom king, ran a campaign to be elected and won.

"I just wanted him to have the same experience all the other seniors do, because every senior deserves to have their special day where they go to prom and they have a blast. He deserves it just like everyone else," DeLeon said.

So with tuxedos, evening gowns and corsages, a group of kids piled into a white stretch limousine.

The announcement was made at 10 p.m. on Saturday, and Dillon has not stopped wearing his sash and crown since then.

His mother still can't believe it.

"I was like, 'Oh my god, I am so proud of him, so proud of him.' I mean, he's accomplished a lot in his life. He's come a long way. He really has," she said.

Dillon plans to graduate, then attend a post graduation program with the Northside Independent School District.

Eventually he will get a job with his father's pest control business.

If you would like to learn more about Dillon's syndrome, visit the National Fragile X Foundation website.