Community supporting friends’ special night Saturday
By Kate Ellis
LIMA – When Mikayla Headings, a junior at Allen East High School, was called out of her homeroom a week and half ago she had no idea what she was walking into. In the hallway and around the corner one of her friends held up a sign, flowers, and a crown.
“Will you be my queen,” the sign read, “and go to prom with me?”
Holding the sign was Travis Wireman, a senior at Allen East High School. And when Headings turned the corner and saw Wireman’s question she said yes and began to cry.
Headings is the daughter of Ryan and Kim Staley. Headings, who has cerebral palsy, is described by her dad as a positive and happy girl. “Everyday she goes to school, she is the best part of people’s day. She blesses a lot of people,” Staley said.
Wireman, who has been friends with Headings since last year, also talked about Headings positivity, and wanted to be able to give something nice back to her, and felt that God was calling him to ask her to prom. This isn’t the first time Wireman has made his friend happy though, Staley said.
In October 2014 Wireman was crowned homecoming king. Headings had asked Wireman for one dance, so after he was crowned he requested the deejay to play for them. Together they danced as the rest of the students watched. Staley said the homecoming queen Miranda Dolan walked up to Headings and placed the crown on her head.
“Travis made her night, he could have ended it there,” Staley said.
But Wireman wanted to do even more, so he asked Headings to prom.
“We’ve been friends for quite a while now, it’s like some people you know they’re not happy and positive even if their life is pretty good,” Wireman said. “(Headings) is always happy and positive and brightens everyone else’s day up. I was like it’d be good for me and it would bless her too.”
And when Wireman saw Headings reaction that made it all worth it.
“I wasn’t sure how she would (react), maybe she wouldn’t, and seeing her all excited, that made it all so much better,” he said. “It was icing on the cake for me.”
The day Wireman asked Headings to prom Staley picked his daughter up from school. “She was grinning ear to ear, still holding her sign and flowers,” Staley said. “It was three o’clock and it had happened in the morning.”
Wireman isn’t in it for the charity, Staley said. Wireman is an Allen East athlete who plays basketball, football, and baseball, and Staley said it’s not everyday you see someone so kind and humble.
“I felt like God was asking me, go bless her you’ve been blessed enough with what you have, go bless someone else,” Wireman said. “If you do it out of the goodness of your heart people are going to see that.”
Several businesses in the community have stepped in to help the couple out, donating flowers, cars, and a makeover. An unknown person even paid the balance of Wireman’s tuxedo.
“Someone paid for my tux, I still don’t know who did that,” he said. “I had no idea, it was just paid for when I got there.”
Flower Loft donated a corsage and boutonniere for the couple. Owner Brian Joseph said they were happy to help out for a good cause and added that it was a nice gesture by Wireman. The boutonniere was made special for Headings; instead of a straight pin a clip was added to the flowers so Headings can pin the boutonniere on Wireman’s lapel.
Wireman and Headings will also be riding in style on Saturday, cruising in a sporty Nissan 370Z donated by Reineke Family Dealership.
“I didn’t do it to get anything out of it, I wanted to,” Wireman said. “Everyone’s just giving stuff, it’s overwhelming really … I’m grateful for it.”
American Commodore helped Headings find the perfect persimmon dress. Headings’ skin is sensitive to fabric, so Headings along with her mom were able to find her a dress that was just right for her. Staley said they were really helpful, and ended up giving them a discount. Jojo’s Hair Studio, 2100 Harding Highway, has offered to give Headings a full treatment to get ready for prom, including free hair styling, a manicure and a pedicure.
On Saturday Headings and Wireman are planning to eat at Cheddar’s in Findlay before heading to prom.