Tygarts Valley High School students followed their hearts this year when selecting representatives for homecoming queen.
The student body chose students Kasondra Robinson, Madison Licwov and Shanda Howell as senior representatives, and each girl is excited. But for Robinson, who is autistic, this is a chance to fulfill her dream to be a real princess.
Senior Jacob Currence said a group of students were talking and wanted to vote for Robinson as homecoming queen.
"We wanted someone who really represented our class," Currence said. "Kasondra is very active in school activities and has loads of school spirit. She is a good representative for us."
Fellow senior Kasey Meadows agrees.
"I think this gives Kasondra the chance to be like everyone else," Meadows said. "I think it is good that she is included and not out of the loop of everything."
Robinson said she is very excited for homecoming.
"I can't wait," Robinson said this week. "This is going to be special and fun, and I really want to be Cinderella because I feel like her."
Classmate Collene Smith said Robinson is just awesome.
"A couple of years ago, Kass told me she would be homecoming queen," Smith said.
"She is so happy, and it makes her mother happy as well. Her mother (Nicka Robinson) is a very strong individual, a great mother, an involved parent and a good role model for all."
Nicka Robinson said she is touched by the actions of her daughter's friends.
"Kasondra has a very happy disposition and has taught even myself to appreciate the smallest of things," Nicka Robinson said. "Now, her spirit has touched a complete senior class and has motivated them to nominate her as their senior representative for homecoming queen.
"Even though I can understand their love for her, their actions are notable because they are completely unselfish and commendable.
"A lot could be said for a small-town school such as Tygarts Valley High School," she continued.
"I have had my faith restored in our youth and extremely touched by their love and support.
"They all have my sincere gratitude."
The students at TVHS vote to elect representatives for homecoming queen. During the homecoming football game today against Gilmer County, each senior representative will choose a box containing a rose. The girl with the white rose will be crowned homecoming queen.
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