POTTSBORO, TX-Cheers filled one Texoma middle school gym as one student with special needs was honored by his peers Thursday.
Eighth grader Dylan Griffith has been living with cerebral palsy since he was one year old. On Thursday afternoon, he joined the other kids in the middle school gym for a pep rally. Little did he know, he was in for a big surprise.
"I feel great," he said.
The 8th grader was voted "Mr. Pottsboro Junior High School" by his classmates. His mother, Delayne Griffith, didn't know her son was selected until she was notified by the school the night before.
"I'm proud of him. He loves all the kids, and they all love him," she said.
Every year students pick the most spirited, most involved, and best all-around in their school to be "Mr. or Ms. Pottsboro Junior High." This year, Dylan took the title.
"I'm just glad they voted for him, but all these kids love him. He can't go anywhere like at Wal-Mart. People stop me, and I have no idea who they are, have no clue, but the whole town knows him and his chair," said Griffith.
Dylan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy on his first birthday and has been living with it for 13 years, but his mom said it never phased him.
"He takes it very well. He jokes about it sometimes, and he likes to do exercises. He plays a lot of X-Box," she said.
Even with cerebral palsy, Dylan stays active in school and the community. He's a Boy Scout, takes part in the Special Olympics, and he's also one of the team captains of the middle school's football team.
"His attitude, he never cries, he never has a bad day, he's always happy, he's ready to see anybody, and he tries to help out in anything he can," Griffith said.
Jaime Crews has been Dylan's teacher for nine years and she said he deserves the recognition.
"Dylan is the most positive, beautiful angel straight from heaven, like his mother said. He never cries, he never fusses, he never complains. If I ever have another student in my lifetime that's like Dylan, the whole world will be blessed," she said.
Dylan is planning to attend Pottsboro High School next year and get involved with the football program there. He was also thrilled to be on camera today because he says his favorite TV personalities are Rita Kotey and Tom Miller, the morning and noon anchors on KXII.