Scotty Maloney, a junior at Unionville Community High School in Bedford County, Tennessee, has become Homecoming King after all the nominees for the award stepped down.
Maloney suffers from Williams Syndrome, which impedes his speech and learning. As the homecoming dance was nearing, the senior who had been voted King decided to pass the title on to Scotty.
"I've been blessed with so many things. [...] I just wanted Scotty to experience something great in his high school days," Jesse Cooper says, according to WKRN
The other two candidates to the title, Drew Gibbs and Zeke Grissom agreed to withdraw themselves from the contest. They received a standing ovation for their selfless gesture.
"We probably wouldn't even think about it at all but probably now we'll think about it when we all get together, we'll say, 'Hey remember when Scotty won homecoming king?'" Gibbs adds.