RICHMOND, VA - High school homecoming season is here, which means football, dances and, in Texas, those mums. It usually all leads up to the crowning of a king and queen, but at a Richmond, Virginia high school, the most celebrated homecoming moment came before the crowning when two students in the Exceptional Education class were nominated for the court.
"It was just so exciting!" said Kathy Herzog, mother of Thomas Jefferson High School student Ashley Herzog.
While the court is often seen as a kind of popularity contest, the parents of Ashley and Jarvis Stokes say this one meant so much more.
"They're not on the sidelines anymore," Kathy Herzog said. "They're not just waiting for everybody else to go and do whatever's happening. They're participating now."
Special education advocate Vicki Beatty said, "The fact that they are represented in the court for the entire homecoming, it's the right thing to do."
Jarvis and Ashley were recognized along with the rest of the court during halftime of the school's homecoming game, taking what was already a special event and making it exceptional.