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Freshman with cerebral palsy nominated to homecoming court

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Adel, GA (WALB) - It's homecoming season and that means schools across the country are getting ready to crown their kings and queens.

Students at one south Georgia school are extra excited about one of their homecoming attendants.
She's a freshman who has had to overcome challenges most other kids her age never have to face. 

14-year-old Misty Triggs was born with cerebral palsy and has never been able to walk.  
She says sometimes it's hard to feel like a regular teenager because she's confined to a wheelchair.

Misty says, "I can't walk like the other kids, and sometimes it's hard for me to be able to accept that. It's hard for me because I want to be normal, but I know I'm not."  

But her freshman class sees her as a normal teenager like them and they've voted Misty to represent the class in the homecoming court.

Misty's friend Elizabeth Mccumber says, "Misty is like any of us, she acts the same. She's born the same, just because of a few things doesn't make any difference."  

Her dad, Jeff Triggs says it's incredible to see how many students love Misty and her positive outlook on life.  
He says moving to south Georgia has made all the difference.

Triggs says, "That was one of the things I was really worried about when we moved out here and she started here, and it's just been insane. It's a lot different than California because I don't believe this would have ever happened in California."

Misty is representing the freshman class with three other girls, but because she received the most votes, she's the only one walking down the football field. And Misty lights up when she talks about the boy who asked her to the homecoming dance.

Misty says, "He's a really nice guy, I think he accepts me for who I truly am and he sees past the wheelchair. He sees me as a normal girl."  

Her dad says its not only her popularity on campus that he's noticed, but her confidence has increased.   

Misty says, "I know that I have a lot of friends and I know that they all love me. So, that's the good thing about having a lot of friends that care about you."  

Misty says she dreams of becoming the homecoming queen her senior year and she plans to college to become a science teacher.

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