Beauty queen to take Down syndrome student to prom
- Associated Press
- May 5, 2013 - 8:40 PM
MENOMONIE, Wis. - It'll be a prom to remember for a special western Wisconsin high school student.
Menomonie High School junior Charlie Gainey, who has Down syndrome, has been nominated by his classmates to this year's prom court.
Gainey tells WKOW-TV ( http://bit.ly/129Gv7K) he's excited and it doesn't matter if he's king or not, "all that matters is the dancing and having a great time."
Even more exciting for Gainey is his special date: Miss Minnesota USA Danielle Hooper. She's a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The two met for the first time Friday. She wore her tiara and sash.
Hooper says she didn't have a prom court at her high school, so it'll be a special opportunity for her too.
Gainey says he'll have a great time with his new friend.
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