Special needs girl is voted prom queen
Kentucky (CNN) — Prom night is a big deal for many high school students but it's extra special for one special needs student in Kentucky.
Her classmates voted her prom queen and gave her an unforgettable night.
Peyton Van Meter isn't a cheerleader, or the class president. But she is a popular student at Owensboro High School.
"She's just so outgoing, just friendly and always has a smile on her face. She's just a great person," said Marisa Derenzo, a student at Owensboro High.
This is why her friends decided that Peyton deserved a little recognition.
"It was kind of the middle of the year and everyone was like, "Wouldn't it be great if Peyton was prom queen?"
This idea only got bigger as prom got closer and last Friday at the Riverpark Center, Peyton was crowned Prom Queen.
"It was really special for us and her and the school in general." said Prom King, Josh Hicks. "You just can't help not smiling. Like your cheeks hurt because you've just been smiling for like 10 minutes straight just watching her and I know you looked out into the audience and I saw a few of my friends crying because they were excited. It's a great moment."
The best moment though was when Peyton and her Prom King made their way to the dance floor.
"I was planning on dancing with her anyways, but just the fact that we were both Prom King and Queen made it that much more special and it was just kind of a nice little slow dance." said Hicks.
That dance, and that crown meant a lot to the queen.
"I feel special." said Peyton.
"We're just really accepting and really outgoing towards others and really friendly. We just want to accept everybody no matter how they are." said a student.
"It's just a great feeling that my high school that I went to is that loving and just has great motives, and is very positive."