High school junior Scotty Maloney was named homecoming king after three seniors nominated for the title decided to give him the honor. Scotty has Williams Syndrome, a neurological disorder that inhibits learning and speech.
On Friday, three seniors nominated for homecoming king decided to give up the crown to Scotty.”I’ve been blessed with so many things,” said Jesse Cooper who won the popular vote for king. “I just wanted Scotty to experience something great in his high school days.”
Cooper, along with Drew Gibbs and Zeke Grissom were all nominated for the honor, but decided as a group that whoever won, would give the crown to Scotty. “He’s always happy, so he deserves some recognition for who he is,” Gibbs explained to Nashville’s News 2.
After the official announcement Friday night, the school principal told the crowd what the seniors had decided to do. As Scotty’s name was called, the gymnasium filled with students and people in the community, erupted. Scotty’s standing ovation went on for 30 seconds.
“It was just a ton of emotion from everybody,” Grissom recalled. “I think I saw Scotty shed a few tears. I know Jesse was pretty emotional. We were all emotional out there on the court.” Scotty was awarded the king’s medal which has hung around his neck since Friday.
On Tuesday, the high school junior was proudly wearing the medal at school. Gibbs said while being nominated for King is an honor, seeing Scotty receive the title means more. “We probably wouldn’t even think about it at all. But probably now we’ll think about it when we all get together, we’ll say, ‘Hey remember when Scotty won homecoming king?”
“I wouldn’t wear it to school every day. I would put it on my shelf and say thanks for voting for me and him, he’s so passionate about it,” Cooper added. Next year, Scotty will crown the school’s new homecoming king.
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