Gilmer County high school students had the chance to sign up to become prom royalty. But as the week went on, staff noticed few names were on the list and wondered why, until a student approached teacher Traci Evans while she was decorating for the event.
"She said, Mrs. Evans, I want to take my name off the running for junior princess. She said 'I want Carmen to win," Evans said.
That's Carmen Murphy, a student with special needs. One by one, the rest of the competition dropped out of the races for queen and junior prince and princess, until only Murphy and fellow students Curtis Fisher and Mary Cain were left. All three are special-needs students, who were welcomed to the court by their classmates, including prom king Colton Rose.
"I treated it the same way as if they were just like me, and they had just as much fun as I did, and probably more fun than I did. It was nice just to be a part of that," said Rose.
Teachers never expected the show of generosity from the students, but said their selfless decision to give three of their classmates a special night shows just how generous they are.
"Our kids are great kids, I wouldn't trade them for anything. That just shows the kind of sincerity that they have, the empathy that they have, the kindness, the goodwill, and putting the needs of others before themselves. I think they're a fabulous group," said Principal Nasia Butcher.
But what about the royalty? Rose said he was glad to be part of such a unique court. As for the queen and princess? They enjoyed even the small aspects of their royal reign.
Queen Mary Cain said she enjoyed getting her picture taken with the king, and princess Carmen Murphy enjoyed the country music played at the dance.????