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Tennessee High School Junior Is Unlikely Homecoming King

As we know all too well, kids in high school can be really cruel. But we also know, as seen in cases like the West High Bros Twitter account we wrote about a couple of weeks ago, teenagers can be thoughtful, sweet and kind. This was on full display in Tennessee recently when a boy named Scott Maloney was named homecoming king.

Maloney, a junior, isn’t your typical homecoming king. He was born with an uncommon neurological disorder known as Williams Syndrome that interferes with his speech and learning abilities. Obviously, none of that is holding Maloney back, as he is said to be beloved by his fellow students due to his “friendly attitude and relentless positivity.” (ABC News)

“He’s the star of this school,” says classmate and fellow homecoming king nominee Drew Gibbs. “A lot of us look up to him. He’s always happy, so he deserves some recognition for who he is.”

Gibbs and Maloney were joined in the homecoming race by fellow students Taylor Grissom and Jesse Cooper. Little did Maloney know that the other boys had decided they’d hand him the crown no matter what the outcome was. “It was a ton of emotion from everybody, I think I saw Scotty shed a few tears, Jesse shed a few tears,” says Grissom. “We were pretty emotional out there on the court.”

We hope you girls are inspired by this sweet story. As you know, it’s so important to look past someone’s challenges and really see them for who they are! Do you have someone in your life who inspires you with their strength? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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  1. LoVeYoUrSeLf98

    Posted by LoVeYoUrSeLf98 on January 28, 2013 at 21:32

    This is a perfect example of how nice people are capable of being. If there were more people like this, the world would be a much better place. <3

  2. Paris

    Posted by Paris on January 28, 2013 at 17:24

    Let’s not focus on the bad all the time! There are still good people and things in this world.This is what keeps the world moving. If there weren’t,this world world would be complete chaos.

  3. Alina

    Posted by Alina on January 28, 2013 at 07:18

    That is so sweet! Thanks for sharing! It is always inspiring and very nice to know and hear that there are still people like that!