HUBBARD, Ohio –
Homecoming is a right of passage for seniors. But for one Hubbard student, it resulted in a crowning moment no one could have predicted.
Seventeen-year-old Prestin Allan was crowned Hubbard’s homecoming king and Ramiah Givens was named homecoming queen just before Friday night’s game against Niles.
It was a magical night for Prestin who rode in a convertible for the parade, wore cologne for the first time, and was stunned and excited, not fully understanding the impact he has made on the lives of his fellow classmates.
Earlier in the day as our camera walked the halls of Hubbard High School with Prestin we heard a friend say, “What’s up buddy?” Prestin replied, “Did you voted for me?” His friend said, “I did.”
It seems the Hubbard senior is gifted when it comes to his personality. You could say he’s the “king” of the hallways, and now the king of the school.
His friend and fellow senior Taylor Pegg, wearing a “King Prestin” t-shirt with a caricature of him on it said, “He’s great. He always goes to the football games, supports everybody.”
Hubbard football player and friend Anthony Corrin said, “He came over about two years ago. He sat at our lunch table and he was shy for about two weeks and he finally got comfortable with us. He makes us laugh every day. He is just awesome to be around. He has a great soul, and heart and is so loving and loves everyone around him.”
What’s amazing is to see how far Prestin has come, especially after you hear how his life started.
His parents, Richard and Sally Allan, showed us pictures of when he came to them at 23-months-old with hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid on the brain that can cause the head to enlarge.
“We never ever put limits on Prestin. The sky is the limit for him. This proves it today. He’s soaring and he’s soaring among the Eagles in Hubbard,” Sally Allan said.
Prestin is also autistic and he couldn’t walk, talk or sit up and was going to be put in an institution, but the Allan’s wouldn’t allow that. Instead of just fostering him, they adopted him.
His father said ever since starting Hubbard High School, Prestin’s flourished. “We never wanted him put in a single classroom. We wanted him among all the other kids to learn.”
And it’s those other kids who campaigned and succeeded in putting Prestin on the homecoming court and ultimately voted him king.
As for what he told his mom when he learned about making homecoming court for the first time, Sally cried saying, “He said, ‘Mom, does that many people like me?’ And I said, ‘Everybody likes you