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This Homecoming King And Queen With Down Syndrome Will Melt Your Heart

Bubba Hunter and Semone Adkins, popular in their Florida school, won over their classmates and were voted homecoming king and queen.

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West Orange High School students in Orlando, Florida, chose Semone Adkins and Bubba Hunter as homecoming queen and king, a couple with Down syndrome.

"This makes my heart SO happy!" wrote Elizabeth James, 17. "So proud of the student body at West Orange High School for making these 2 down-syndrome teens their Homecoming Queen and King tonight!"

It's the first time two students with Down syndrome were awarded the honor in Florida, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida told WFTV.

The couple's mothers were overjoyed.


"I am so happy. Words cannot express what I am feeling right now. I am so proud of him," Hunter's mother, Janice Morgan, said to WFTV. "We love you guys."

"She is a beautiful girl. Not just outside but inside also," said Karen McNeil, Adkins' mother.

"We are not doing this because we feel bad for them or anything like that," football captain Hayden Griffitts told Fox 19. "We are doing this because we genuinely like Bubba and Semone."

Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

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