MONTGOMERY — Wearing a bright pink ballgown and escorted by senior basketball player Jon McMullen, Taylor Davis made her way out onto Kavanaugh Kourt Saturday night.
She was the first of five homecoming candidates to take her spot on the floor followed by Jenna Knepp, Allison Hoover, Kayla Lengacher, and Hania Sisco. Taylor, the daughter of Jason and Michelle Davis, was also the candidate who took home the crown and received a standing ovation in front of a nearly full house.
But Davis’ road to becoming a homecoming queen was much different than most who reach that pinnacle.
Taylor and her twin brother, Tyler, were born very premature.
“When Taylor was born, she weighed 1 pound, 11 ounces,” said her mother Michelle Davis as another well-wisher came in for a hug. “The doctors told us to not have hope that she’d survive, let alone walk.”
She was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects muscle tone and movement.
But Taylor did walk. In fact, Saturday she walked arm-in-arm with McMullen instead of with her cane, a move that had her mother a bit on edge.
“I was pretty nervous about her walking without it, but Jon assured me he would help her,” said Michelle. “Taylor wasn’t nervous at all.”
Taylor’s trek to becoming homecoming queen started in December when she was nominated.
“I was surprised,” said Taylor. “I didn’t realized they (the members of the senior class) liked me so much.”
Michelle was in shock too. “The school actually called me and asked if I had a few minutes to come in,” she said. “I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I kept thinking that maybe something had happened.”
When she arrived at Barr-Reeve, Taylor told her mother than she had been nominated for queen. “She had to tell me several times. I kept asking her what she said,” Michelle said.