Special Needs Student Nominated for Homecoming Court

By: Kavontae Smalls Email
By: Kavontae Smalls Email

To be Homecoming king or queen is a dream for many high school students, but at Friday’s Bay High Homecoming Game, a special student is having her fantasy realized just from walking onto the field.

Nicki Remick is a senior at Bay High, and she was nominated for the homecoming queen court. Like the other nominees, Nicki has a winning spirit, and is filled with beauty, but she also has Down Syndrome.

Nicki, her friends and family are determined not to let that differentiate her from the rest of the contestants. Just ask, and she will tell you she is ready.
“I’ve been practicing my walk on the field, and then I’m going to go in the parade and wave and say hi” said Nicki Remick, homecoming queen contestant.

Nicki’s father, Doug Remick, is one of her biggest supporters, and he has been with her every step of the way. He’s been by her side as she got her dress and even her make-up.

Friday night Nicki will get to realize her dream as she get to walk midfield on homecoming night with homecoming king nominee, Martin Roney. Whether she win or not, does not seem to be the ideal focus for Doug Remick, watching his daughter live one of her lifelong fantasies makes all the work put into her big day worth it.

“Seeing her walk on the field, it’s going to be just awesome, in front of all those people, to see her out there smiling, and being the center of attention, I think that’s what I’m going to remember the most” said Doug Remick, Nicki’s father.

Nicki’s friends say she’s a good friend and a special person, and that one of a kind, can-do attitude is what Nicki's family and friends admire most about her.

Friday also shared another special purpose for Nicki, it was her nineteenth birthday.


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  • by Joyce Location: Campbell, NY on Sep 26, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    We are so proud of you, Nicki, and your dad. Your grandmother,Nancy, is the only first cousin I have and living up here I have not had the privilege to meet you. Hopefully, some day soon. The VERY BEST to you and your dad, always.
  • by laura Location: the cove on Sep 26, 2011 at 08:54 AM
    my brother is 50 years old & has down syndrome. when we were growing up the kids at school with special needs were isolated and everyone either avoided or made fun of them. i'm so, so happy to see how things have changed! congratulations to nicki & to the bay high students for recognizing how special she is!
  • by Jalinda Location: Panama City on Sep 26, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    You go Nicki,you are a beautiful young lady and Jonathan and I love you so much...you deserve it. Doug, you have done an amazing job. We are proud to be counted amoung your friends.
  • by BJ Location: lynn haven on Sep 26, 2011 at 02:51 AM
    How amazing! I am so happy for the family AND for the AWESOME students at Bay High for allowing this girl to realize her dream. Being a special education teacher and mother of a special needs child, I am really moved by this! Congrats to Nicki and her dad and all of the kids at Bay! AWESOME!
  • by Lora Turner Mallory Wood Location: Chiley, Florida on Sep 25, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    Wow! Proud of you Nicki You were Beautiful! I hope you had a Wonderful Birthday also! And VERY Proud of you Doug ... I know you are a very Proud Dad! Congrats to you both!
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      by doug remick on Oct 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM in reply to Lora Turner Mallory Wood
      great that you got to see this thanks for b.d. wish for nikki great to hear from you to
  • by Joyce Location: Panama City on Sep 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM
    Wonderful !!I'm the Grandmother of an ESE child, no one knows how special these 'special' children are ! God only gives them to special people.
  • by Lyle Location: Chipley on Sep 24, 2011 at 09:41 AM
    This is why I love living down here. I know of few places that would treat someone with a disability like just one of there own. My son was born with Cerebral Palsy, and was not accept. They treated him horribly. He also has plaque psoriasis. He is older now, and the people down here treat him wonderfully. I thank God each day that we made the move.
  • by mary Location: chipley on Sep 24, 2011 at 04:29 AM
    KUDOS TO THE STUDENTS @ BAY HIGH. enjoy, NICKI
  • by Tina Location: PC Beach on Sep 23, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    Congratulations Nicki! your friend from the waterpark.
  • by Keith Location: Panama City on Sep 23, 2011 at 07:18 PM
    I can only imagine how proud Dad must be .........
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