Classmates Choose Pair With Down Syndrome For Homecoming Court - KMSP-TV

Classmates Choose Pair With Down Syndrome For Homecoming Court

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -

There's an even happier ending to this heartwarming story. The Cypress Lake High School student body is rallying around two special needs students, making them high school royalty.

Mimi Lopez and Guy Benza are quite the social butterflies, balancing school, extracurricular and of course a social life.

"There's not a person that they haven't met that they don't love. Everyone becomes their best friend," said teacher Todd Dusenberry.

These two sure have a lot on their plate. But Guy and Mimi don't let their challenges slow them down. Both have Down syndrome.

"She's just so special to us. She is our little special miracle, to my mom," said Melanie Ortiz, Mimi's sister.

And while they both have obstacles to overcome, they have plenty of friends to help them along the way.

Mimi and Guy are so popular at Cypress Lake High School that classmates wanted to make sure their senior year was something to remember.

"A couple of seniors said, 'Wouldn't it be neat to try and get Mimi and Guy on the homecoming court?'" Dusenberry said.

So, they started a Facebook page rallying support, and the rest is history.

"Well, right now, I mean, we're happy, so happy," said the homecoming king, Guy Benza.

And after the shock settled, it was time to focus on the important stuff.

Mimi said she was wearing a purple dress, while Guy was wearing black pants and black shoes with a nice purple shirt and tie.

Dressed like royalty from head to toe, it was time for the moment of truth.

Cheering erupted as they were selected king and queen, and two pals will now forever be connected as king and queen.

"As a teacher, you hope you can touch a couple of people's lives and make a difference, and with this I think we've touched thousands," Dusenberry said.

Mimi and Guy's teacher said this is only the second time in U.S. history that two special-needs students at one high school have been elected both homecoming king and queen in the same year, Fox's Katie Jones reported.

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