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Central Texas students nominate friend with down syndrome for homecoming king

TROY, TX (KXXV) -

Students at Troy High School nominated their friend and classmate Cody Patnoe for 2016 Homecoming King.

Patnoe, a senior, has down syndrome and his fellow students said he shines brighter than anyone walking down the hallway.

"We've known Cody ever since elementary school," homecoming queen nominee Sam Arthur said. "We've been growing up together. It's a real small town."

Both students and staff said he is the first person to give you a high five in the morning and a hug on the way to his desk. 

"He brings light to the campus," teacher Jody Cavanaugh said. "He brings happiness to the campus, he brings fun to lunch and the hallways."

Those who have been to a Troy High School pep rally have probably seen Patnoe's killer dance skills. He is often seen sitting with the football team or getting up to bust a move.

"How supportive he is of everything," fellow homecoming king nominee Jaiden Beck said. "Everything that we do, he's always just involved in everything. We are blessed to have him at this school."

The race for homecoming royalty can be very competitive but Patnoe's fellow nominees are rooting for him this time because they believe no one deserves it more.

"He always has a positive attitude," homecoming queen nominee Sam Chavez said. "He's always dancing at the pep rallies and he's just a great person."

Nominations are made strictly by the student body and Patnoe's teachers said they were brought to tears when they saw his name on the ballot.

"I think the seniors, it's their way of giving back to the joy he's brought into their lives" Cavanaugh said. 

The Troy High School Homecoming Court will announce their King and Queen at Friday's game against the Rockdale Tigers at Trojan Stadium.

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