Four special needs students named to Homecoming Court at Patrick Henry High School

ASHLAND, Va. (WRIC) — Chilly October nights, under the lights on a Friday night. The boys of fall are typically the main attraction. However tonight wasn’t a typical night.

“We’re just so proud of our student body,” said Beth Markwood, one of the organizers of the Homecoming Court.

It’s homecoming night at Patrick Henry High. The harvest moon in full glow, some say it seems to have a cast quite the magical spell.

“This has been the most exciting homecoming ever,” said Markwood.

As the clock ticks towards half-time, the homecoming court candidates nervously await to see who will be crowned. The night already memorable for one freshman, one sophomore, one junior, and one senior.

“Our special needs students are an integral part of our school,” said Markwood.

And if the night wasn’t already memorable enough for those four special needs students, the student body had a quite the surprise up their sleeve.

One by one in a selfless act, the students voted Noah Pearce, Joshua Godard, and Deandre Robinson each to be the prince of their respective class. All culminating with River Sparks being crowned the Senior Class Homecoming King.  All four students, the top of their class.

“I don’t know what to say, I think I feel really good, I’m excited since my name was called,” said Godard

“So when you heard your name were you excited,” asked 8News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh.”yeah,” said Pearce.

“Yeah,” said Pearce.

“It’s always been a dream for this, it’s like a dream,” said Sparks.

Patrick Henry Homecoming 2016 is one that will never be forgotten, for the Kings or for the students.

“They are just so loving and caring and accepting,” said Noah Pearce’s mother.

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