Students make touching choice at homecoming

Students with Autism Named Homecoming Queen and King
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.