Senior With Autism Is Crowned Homecoming King At His High School

The beginning of the 2021 school year also marks another homecoming, which means it’s time for students to cast their votes on who should be crowned homecoming king and queen.

For Wall High School in New Jersey, their choice was an easy one. Wearing a black suit and a royal blue necktie, senior Warren Wright was donning a smile from ear to ear as he accepted his new role as homecoming king at their school’s homecoming game against Lenape.

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He was truly at a loss for words while he posed for pictures with homecoming queen Molly Houston, as their classmates clapped and cheered him on.

When he was just two years old, the 17-year-old was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, which is on the autism spectrum, and he has struggled socially with people and having relationships. Wright’s mother, Krissy, told NJ.com that seeing her son not only be accepted by his peers but see they’ve embraced him as a person, makes her want to cry and leaves her speechless.

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Krissy first learned that her son was in the running to be homecoming king when she received an email from the school earlier in the month. At first she thought it was a mistake, but Wright’s case manager told her that it was in fact true.

It started with his school’s wrestling team who was the first to nominate him. Then his other classmates followed suit, wanting to show Wright how much they all cared about him.

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Wright quickly got to work, making a video to support his nomination, showing why students should vote for him. Clearly, it worked!

Now Wright can add homecoming king to his list of accomplishments, including being a member of the marching band, cross-country team, bowling team, spring track and his school’s game’s club.

Watch Wright become homecoming king in the video below:

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