Homecoming queen gives crown to classmate with down syndrome

Published: Sep. 23, 2019 at 10:16 PM CDT
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Two seniors hold the title of homecoming queen at S&S High School.

The girl who won gave her crown to her classmate with special needs.

Last Friday, the homecoming court took the field for the big game.

Seniors Trinity Arrington and Emily Petty were both nominated to be the queen.

"I didn't think I was going to win. I told everyone that asked me if I wanted to win that I wanted Emily to win, so I told them to vote for her," Trinity said.

So when Trinity's name was announced, she said she was shocked, but she had a different idea.

"I decided to give my crown to my sweet friend Emily because she's always wanted to be a princess. So I decided she deserved it," Trinity said.

She met Emily through spending time during lunch in the special education classroom.

They've been friends for almost a year.

"I love her every day," Emily said.

It's a bond that goes beyond their moment on the football field.

"When I decided to hand her my crown, I cried," Trinity said.

A friendship fit for royalty.

"You can't cry," Emily said.

Trinity and Emily said it's a night they won't forget.

"We got to hold hands and we waved at everyone, and we blew kisses to everyone on the Collinsville side, they were really excited for us," Trinity said.

"I blew a kiss to my friends," Emily said.

But for these girls, it's more than sharing a high school title.

"We got to be it together. I think that was the best part for me," said Trinity. "She's always been my queen, she deserved it. It made her happy."