Students at a Tennessee high school elected a girl with Down Syndrome to be their homecoming queen.
Last week, Kara Marcum, 19, beat out three other candidates to win the title of homecoming queen at Bolivar Central High School. According to Fox News, the student body voted to select a winner.
"She heard her name over the intercom and she said, 'Me, me, me!' She was really surprised," teacher Angela Galloway told WMCTV.
Galloway attributes Marcum's win to her positive outlook and charming personality, which she said makes her one of the most popular students at the school.
Her escort to the homecoming court, basketball player Kaleb McKinnie, agrees.
“She makes everybody's day better and this is just giving back to her I guess, because she deserves it,” McKinnie told WREG.
Marcum accepted the award in a black dress and tiara. This is the first time in the history of the school that the award has gone to a student with Down Syndrome.
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Remarkably, Marcum's disability isn't the only challenge she's faced. At age three, she underwent a life-threatening surgery to correct a heart condition.
"We weren't given much hope that she would even be here today," Gail Marcum told Fox News.
Marcum hasn't ever had a problem with acceptance, her mother said. She's been blessed with peers who see her as one of them.
Even so, the gesture made a mark on the family.
"We'll never forget this and Kara will never forget this," her sister told My Fox Memphis.
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