Seniors Meagan Ammon and Rekeil Clark. Photo Source: Luke Watts' Twitter (@LukeWatts02)
Rekeil Clark wearing her sash, crown at school on Friday morning
ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -
Two high school seniors with special needs had their crowning moments of high school after their classmates banded together to vote them Homecoming Queen and Princess.
The homecoming surprise happened Friday night at Alexander Central High School during the game against Watauga High School.
In a video posted on YouTube, the crowd erupts in cheers and applause when senior Meagan Ammon was announced as Homecoming Princess and Rekeil Clark as Homecoming Queen. Ammon has Down Syndrome and Clark has special needs.
Principal Doug Rhoney told WBTV that both girls are 21-years-old and have been a part of the school's special needs program for several years.
"I think it was a fantastic thing that it happened," Rhoney told WBTV on Thursday. He said the girls are both very well liked by students at the school.
He said that Ammon and Clark were both voted to represent their home room class as senior members. The school then voted for the top ten students, and both girls were voted into the Homecoming Court.
A student from Alexander Central says the school came together to make sure the girls were crowned.
"People were going around telling others to vote for them and make sure they win," she said. "The whole school was behind this."
Rhoney says excitement for the two girls was obvious during a pep rally on Friday.
"There was a lot of cheering and clapping for them when their names were announced," he said. Students then went back to their home rooms and voted.
The moment they were crowned, you can hear the crowd erupt in the video. On the video, you can hear someone yelling "you're beautiful Meagan!"
Rhoney says the girls were clearly shocked that they had won the crowns.
"You could tell it in their faces. The way they were smiling and the way they were waving to the crowd," he said.
And the excitement is not going to be a short-lived one.
"[Homecoming Queen] Rekeil has worn her sash and crown to school nearly every day since she won," Rhoney said. "Her family told me that she wore them on Saturday and even to church on Sunday."
A student at Alexander Central sent the video to WBTV from Friday night's Homecoming Crowning.
"It shows what the student body can do and that they're not as self-centered as we think they are," she said. "This is truly amazing."
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