Friday was a big night for University High School: a packed crowd for Homecoming, a grand halftime show, and a landslide football victory. But the most important event of the night might well have been the coronation of the Homecoming King and Queen.
"[The students] very deliberately decided that they wanted these two special people to become our Homecoming Queen and King," said University High teacher Paul Schneider. "And it was overwhelming. It was just a landslide victory for these two."
So what makes these new royals so extraordinary? Keeley Blanchard has autism. Taylor Baggarley is a few grades behind average. Both are enrolled in the school's special needs program. To say the new monarchs were stunned would be an understatement.
"Totally unexpected," Blanchard said. "I was surprised when i got voted Homecoming Queen."
The new boss of U-High feels the same way.
"I was just like awe and amazed," said Baggarley. "I was just like screaming out for joy. Just like, this is new."