The old high school homecoming cliches don't always apply.
Two students with Down syndrome were elected West Orange High School's homecoming king and queen this past weekend, WFTV reported. The Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida told WFTV that it was the first time two students with Down syndrome were elected homecoming king and queen in the state.
Semone Adkins was elected queen and Trazjuan "Bubba" Hunter was voted king of the court by their fellow students.
According to WFTV, the pair looked appropriately regal. Adkins wore a brown one-shoulder gown and Hunter rocked a black tuxedo complete with a puffy blue crown.
The Orlando Sentinel spoke with Hayden Griffitts, the football team's quarterback. "This didn't happen because we feel sorry for them or something," he told the Sentinel. "Just the opposite. They really deserve it. I mean, homecoming is about bringing people together and having fun. And that's what they do."
Michelle Cavanzon, a teacher's aide, also spoke with the Orlando Sentinel. "Oh, everybody in town knows Bubba," she said. "I swear he could run for mayor — and probably win."
Adkins and Hunter participated in a talent contest earlier in the week. They danced to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies."
Janice Morgan, Trazjuan's mother, told Click Orlando that the two have been lifelong friends.
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