This Awesome Teenager Decided To Take His 89-Year-Old Great-Grandmother To Prom

Austin Dennison’s great-grandmother never got to go to her prom, so he decided to do something about it.

1. Austin Dennison, a 19-year-old student at Parkway High School in Rockford, Ohio, had a pretty special date at his prom earlier this week.

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2. Austin decided to take his 89-year-old great-grandmother, Delores. She recently had a heart attack and stroke, but told him if she could, she would.

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3. Delores was never asked to prom. She attended school in West Virginia and didn’t graduate. Austin decided to go out and buy his great grandmother a pearl necklace for the special occasion.

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4. When the pair hit the dance floor there was a standing ovation. Dolores did whack a few balloons with her cane, though.

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5. Austin kicked off the night’s playlist with one last surprise for Dolores. He had the DJ play Frank Sinatra’s “I Love the Kisses of Delores,” a song Austin’s great-grandfather used to sing to her.

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6. One of Austin’s friends even tried to cut in for a dance.

@311Austin Im that friend! Lmao! Congrats to Austin and his grandma for getting on Fox news! Thanks for the shout out

— Matthew (@mtheindel)
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My boy @311Austin making the front page of the paper for bringing his great grandma to prom because she never could afford it. Proud friend.

— Matthew (@mtheindel)
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8. Following graduation, Austin plans on attending Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers to take pre-med courses. He wants to be a firefighter.

Indescribable amount of respect for @311Austin for taking his grandma to prom. She couldn't afford it in highschool.

— Alec (@AlecSchoenleben)
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9. Here’s a video of the whole wonderful evening. The night ended early, at around 9 p.m., which Dolores says is actually a little later than she normally goes to bed.

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