Ohio high school students with Down syndrome crowned homecoming king and queen

WESTLAKE, Ohio - Homecoming can be a memorable night for any high school but for one Ohio community that doesn’t begin to describe the evening.

Two students with Down syndrome, Jacob Cox and Holly Thomas, were crowned Westlake High School's homecoming king and queen before Friday’s varsity football game against North Olmsted.

The stands at the high school field erupted with applause and cheers when the announcement of Thomas and Cox as winners of the vote was announced.

"I am beyond blessed, I'm so excited, this has been an amazing day,” said Tracey Cox, Jacob’s mom. “These kids at Westlake High School are awesome and they're wonderful, caring kids."

The couple posed for pictures wearing their king and queen sashes. Holly was crowned with a tiara, Jacob’s crown was Westlake green and white.

They were escorted across the field by senior football player Adam Sandor.

Sandor is one of the Westlake students who spends his study hall time helping special needs students. He has formed a special bond with Jacob.

"When I first started working with him, he really wouldn't talk or communicate with me," he said in an interview with Scripps sister station WEWS on Thursday. "But after a while, we started becoming closer and it's more like friends than just helping someone out."

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