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3 kings + one: Special needs student crowned

  • Three boys nominated for homecoming court at Tennessee school do something very special for their friend
  • Popular junior Scotty Maloney has Williams Syndrome

High schoolers, take note: This is how homecoming kings should be.

Jesse Cooper, Drew Gibbs and Zeke Grissom were all nominated for homecoming king at their Unionville, Tennessee, high school. It's an honor, sure, but the trio decided that no matter what happened, they would hand over the crown to one of their classmates, Scotty Maloney. Scotty has Williams Syndrome, a rare condition which makes talking and learning difficult. He's still a popular guy -- and the young men say his passion and his happiness make him the perfect person for the honor.

"I've been blessed with so many things," Cooper told WKRN. Cooper won the popular vote, but told the school's principal about the plan. "I just wanted Scotty to experience something great in his high school days."

When the announcement of homecoming king was made, Scotty was received with a long, joyous standing ovation. It's a moment that could have been completely forgettable, but with a little kindness, the group made it into a moment they'll always remember.

"We probably wouldn't even think about it at all," Gibbs said. "But probably now we'll think about it when we all get together, we'll say, 'Hey remember when Scotty won homecoming king?"

Read more of Scotty's story at WKRN.

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