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May 22, 2013

A crowning moment

Classmates make night extra-special for 'prom prince'

For most high school students, prom night is one of the most memorable nights of the year, but thanks to the efforts of friends and family, one local special needs student was given a night he won’t forget for the rest of his life.

Logan Nyman, 17, is an Amesbury High School junior who struggles with developmental delays, particularly in language. While his disability is undiagnosed, his condition is similar to autism and he has difficulty verbally communicating.

Given his condition, Logan’s mother Allyson worried that he wouldn’t get to experience prom like everyone else his age, but this past Friday, he was able to attend the Amesbury High prom after his older sister Abby flew up from Florida to escort him, and to make the night extra special, his friends helped create a title for him so he’d be included in the crowning ceremonies.

“Just having him attend was a big deal for our family,” Nyman said. “His peers took it upon themselves, one peer in particular named Shane Hague, to create a title ‘prom prince’ to crown Logan. They made a sash, got a crown, and got the staff on board.”

Nyman said it was particularly meaningful to see Logan go to prom because of the memories she has from her own prom night, which she attended with her future husband, and getting to see her daughter attend two years in a row was special too.

So, when prom season came around this year, Nyman said even if Logan did want to go -- which he didn’t seem to care too much about at first — there was still the matter of who would be his date.

She asked around to see if there was anyone who Logan could go with, and when that didn’t work out she called Hague, a senior who originally got to know Logan through a gym class he helped teach, to see if there were any guys without dates who Logan could tag along with.

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