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Teens select special needs students as Homecoming King and Queen
Teens select special needs students as Homecoming King and Queen

NEWNAN, Ga. (WXIA) -- The Northgate High School community recently reminded us all that teenagers don't always deserve the image they sometimes get as totally self-involved.

Last Friday, the student body chose two special needs students, Jessica Martindale and Anie Nevov as Homecoming King and Queen.

"One of the first times I've seen Northgate pull together as a whole and do something amazing," said Olivia Laaker, a senior.

Thao Nguyen initially spearheaded the idea to honor the pair by getting them on the Homecoming Court, but then a groundswell of support throughout the school.

Thao wanted it "in order to make it my best year, I wanted to make it someone else's best year, best senior year."

"At the pep rally I literally cried four times and at the game I cried because this is so amazing," Greta Taylor, who has known Anie since elementary school. "I love them so much and I was so happy for them."

The students in the Partner's Club, which works with special needs students, are especially thrilled that the student body wanted two special needs students to represent them during Homecoming.

Once you meet the pair, you understand why.

"Their attitude and never giving up and positivity," said Greta.

"Who better to represent our school than these two people," said Abby.

You see that when they were introduced at the homecoming pep rally. While all the other members of the Homecoming Court walk quietly, smiling across the gym when they're introduced, Jessica and Anie, jumped up and down. Anie pumped his arm in the air.

"Anie and Jess have a lot of school spirit and the crowd, they went wild," said Cathy Nevov-Degan, Anie's mom.

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