Aracely Rosillo, a junior at Jonesboro High School, was recently crowned Homecoming Queen at the school. Rosillo is legally blind and has been for 12 years. But she said being blind will not stand in the way of her accomplishing her dreams.
When one is imagining what a high school homecoming or prom queen might look like, many stereotypes would probably come to mind, and few people would readily think of someone with a “disability.”
So much for stereotypes. Jonesboro High School student, Aracely Rosillo, who is legally blind, was crowned as Jonesboro’s Homecoming Queen last month.
“[Rosillo] has been visually impaired for 12 years,” said Linda Speer, the school’s vision paraprofessional. She added that Rosillo, a junior, is well-known and respected by her peers.
Stephanie Johnson, principal at Jonesboro High, said as far as she knows, this is the first time a student with a disability has been crowned Homecoming Queen. She also agreed with Speer, and said Rosillo is a confident young woman, and had no doubt that she would win.
“She came up to me when [she started] campaigning ... and said, ‘I’m going for the [Homecoming Queen] and I’m going to win,’” said Johnson.
Johnson said she was so proud when Rosillo won, and commended her for not allowing her circumstances to keep her from pursuing her goals.
“She’s just a student who embraces life,” said Johnson, “and I’m just appreciative of her.”
Rosillo said she has big plans for the future, and isn’t going to let her disability hold her back. And just like any typical teenager, she enjoys hanging out with her friends, she said, and spending weekends at the mall.
"There are many things that interest me in life," said Rosillo. "The main thing that I love to do is shop for gorgeous shoes, clothes, and other accessories. However, I also enjoy reading, socializing, and eating hot wings."
Rosillo said, once she graduates from high school, she plans to become a translator in Spanish, French, and Russian. However, her dreams do not stop there. She added that, some day, she will own her own hair salon and cosmetics business.
“My other plans are to successfully overcome any challenges and obstacles set in [the path of] my future," she said.