Teen movies made us all want to be Prom King or Queen but in reality, it didn’t happen for most of us.
One student in America though had all his dreams come true when his classmates launched a campaign to make it happen.
Edgar, a student at Liberty High School in Nevada, U.S., has autism.
He wanted to be Prom King but there is a bit of a process before the vote on the night.
Teachers and coaches nominate students for prom court, with the most nominations gaining a spot.
Although Edgar received some nominations, he didn’t win a space on the court, where Prom King and Queen are voted from.
One of his classmates Shaun Mabanta knew how much it would mean to him so he stepped aside and asked if Edgar could replace him.
Once the teachers agreed, Shaun launched a campaign to get Edgar elected.
Special education leader and student council advisor at the school, Ashlee Vaness explains: ‘When we obliged with his request he began to promote Edgar for king. The student body got behind the campaign and social media was inundated with promotional material to vote Edgar king.’
On the night, the votes were counted and Edgar won by a landslide.
Edgar was crowned Prom King (Picture: Ashlee Vaness)Ashlee added: ‘It was an honor to crown Edgar as Prom King and watch the student body light up. When he won, we all won.
‘Every student who votes for him felt a part of that win. Every person that was there felt the magic. Our student body started chanting his name, they took their phones out and light up the room with their flashlight “lighters” showing their support to our king.
‘He teared up. He told me he was so happy. The first thing he said to me was “my mom. I think she’s going to like this. I’m king!”’
The emotional moment the announcement was made was caught on camera, showing Edgar take to the floor to receive his crown while his delighted classmates chanted his name.
He then danced with the Prom Queen, while Ed Sheeran’s Perfect played in the background and his fellow students gathered round.
Ashlee added: ‘THIS is what life is all about. Being loved for being exactly who you are. I’ve never been so proud of my student body.’
After sending the video to Edgar’s mum Nancy Medina, she posted: ‘He won prom king by a landslide… I can’t stop crying. So proud of him. Liberty High School is the best.’
She later added: ‘There’s no words to describe all the emotions I had when I watched this video. THANK YOU SO MUCH Liberty High School students and teachers.’
Go Edgar. A very worthy king.
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