Girl with Down syndrome wins homecoming princess

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HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) -- Friday night was homecoming night at Knott County Central High School in Hindman, Kentucky.

Alyssa Campbell is a junior at the school and has Down syndrome. Recently, her friend, Callie Chaney, nominated her for homecoming court. Chaney said Campbell was hesitant at first.

"And I said, 'Alyssa, you're not running for homecoming?' And she said, 'no.' And I said, 'You better.' So we went up to Miss Waddles and we told her she's in the running," Chaney said.

Chaney said Campbell is loved by so many people at Knott County Central. But she did not want to leave anything to chance.

"We handed out candy and we put up posters and we'd go into rooms and we'd say, 'My name is Alyssa Campbell and I'm running for homecoming. Vote for me,'" said Chaney.

Alyssa Campbell's family said her personality helped her win. They described her as "loving."

"Very loving and caring," said Campbell's grandfather, Robert Collinsworth. "Probably one of the most loving people that anyone will ever meet in this world. And such a special child."

Collinsworth said this moment does more for Campbell than anyone realizes.

"It builds her self-esteem and she's so confident in herself that she can do anything," said Collinsworth. "And she can do anything. There's no limit to what she could do."

Campbell was escorted by Knott County Central Patriots quarterback Cameron Jones.

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