A North Carolina teen made local history after being crowned his state and school's first transgender homecoming king last week.
As WCNC is reporting, 17-year-old Blake Brockington was honored during a halftime ceremony at East Meck High School on Feb. 7.
A senior at East Meck High, Brockington said he felt "amazing" after the victory, telling WBTV, "I hope this makes everybody know that they can be themselves regardless of what anybody else says. Even though you go through some things and you have some negative encounters in your life -- anything's possible."
He then added, "You can do anything you set your heart to."
Of course, as WCNC points out, Brockington has faced significant personal challenges along the way, and is currently living with foster parents because his biological father can't accept his gender identity.
Brockington follows in the footsteps of other transgender teens, who have similarly went on to score prom and homecoming contest victories across the country in recent months. In September 2013, 16-year-old Cassidy Lynn Campbell was crowned homecoming queen at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, Calif.
"I instantly just dropped to the ground and started crying," Campbell told KTLA.
In October, 17-year-old Ray Ramsey was voted homecoming king by a "landslide" victory at New Hampshire's Concord High School.