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Students make touching choice at homecoming

Students with Autism Named Homecoming Queen and King

Basketball homecoming is a special tradition at Tri-West high school in Indiana. Of course there are some differences between the October celebration for football and this one in February -- but it's for the best. The basketball homecoming is smaller, and it makes the school feel more like a family.

The stars of this year's February homecoming were Seth Knox and Kelsey Roeser, two students with severe autism. Seth and Kelsey's peers nominated them to be part of the pool that might make it to the 16-person homecoming court.

As life skills teacher Camille Dorrell was counting the votes, she was overjoyed to see that they were selected -- but the really special moment came during the event.

When the entire student body voted, Seth and Kelsey were the overwhelming favorites. 'It gets me teary-eyed. It's just so touching,' Camille said. Seth had nearly 100 percent of the vote, while Kelsey won by a margin of 80 percent.

Seth's mom was worried about bullying when he first started. Now, she's overjoyed at just how wrong those fears were. 'Everybody loves him!,' she said happily.

Kelsey's mom loves how her daughter is supported by her fellow students. 'For this group of kids to accept these special needs kids ... you can't put that into words, what that means as a parent.'

During a cold weather tradition, there was no shortage of warmth at Tri-West high school.

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Gina February 11 2014 at 11:27 PM

It's so good to see stories like this. It gives one hope that there are new generations of kids growing up that are going to be more tolerable to other people and their issues. Just maybe the world will keep changing for the better and one day everyone will be accepted equally. Ok, that might take a LONG time but at least with stories like these, they're on their way!

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Angela February 11 2014 at 8:40 PM

It's too bad that ALL people aren't as accepting of others differences as these kids are. Imagine how much better off people on this planet would be. Congrats Seth & Kelsey! This is terrific!

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Doug February 11 2014 at 8:34 PM

If only the whole world had such care for their brothers / sisters......the world would be a better place...

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Jeff Taylor February 11 2014 at 8:01 PM

Beautiful! It shows us that our young people do have BIG hearts!

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Bonnie February 11 2014 at 7:54 PM


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poppaspond February 11 2014 at 7:48 PM

This Student bodymakes me proud to say, "I'm from New Albany, Indiana.
A 100% Hoosier.

Dean Hunt

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pamiss45 February 11 2014 at 7:02 PM

To the students, faculty, parents at Tri-West High: you have done something so nice that will always be remembered by these two students. It is nice to see such awareness and compassion in our high schools. You all ROCK!!!

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Mr Roeser pamiss45 February 15 2014 at 12:39 AM

very uplifting to the parents too. So glad the kids at tri west are so nice to Seth and my Daughter.

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Wayne February 11 2014 at 6:54 PM

WAY TO GO Tri West high!!

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cindylouwho718 February 11 2014 at 6:43 PM

There's hope for our country despite the many problems we have to solve as long as we have young people like these Tri West seniors. God Bless them for their kindness and generous nature.

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nogopea February 11 2014 at 6:30 PM

Very,Very Cool.What a stand up bunch of students.

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