A closely guarded secret turned into a big deal for a local teenager. Three people were competing for homecoming king, but the candidates turned the celebration into a random act of kindness for their very special classmate.
When Scotty Maloney was born, everyone knew he was different. Life had thrown him a curve, and he was born with a neurodevelopmental disorder known as Williams Syndrome.
But don't feel sorry for Maloney. His life has turned out just fine. In fact, you'd be wise to call him "King Scotty" when you see him.
The gymnasium at Community High School in Unionville was brimming over with more than 1,000 people when the big secret was exposed.
As far as anyone knew, three seniors were hoping to be named homecoming king - Zeke Grissom, Drew Gibbs and Jesse Cooper.
Cooper won the student vote, but when the time came for the king to receive his title, Maloney's name was called, and he was crowned king.
All three young men had agreed that whoever won the popular vote would give the title and the medal to Maloney.
"I got to give the title to Scotty, and that was an honor to do that. It was just a medal to me showing that I'm popular, but to him it means a lot more to him," Cooper said.
"We didn't want to get any attention. We were just doing something kind for one of our good friends. It was all about him," Grissom said.
"He was dressed up in his suit, and everywhere he went he would say, 'I'm sharp! I'm good-looking!'" Gibbs said.
From the day he was born, it was evident that life would be challenging for Maloney, but then one Friday night, more than 1,000 people showed him he was greatly appreciated as well.
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