LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A Lee County high school is breaking down barriers and building unity. Cypress Lake High School crowns a Homecoming king and queen Friday night. But it's this year's court that has people excited.
Two Seniors with Down Syndrome, Mimi Lopez and Guy Benza, are in the running for king and queen. It was a sea of purple, as the Cypress Lake Panthers celebrated this year's Homecoming nobility.
And while ten couples are in the running for this year's king and queen, two students are by far the class favorites.
"Mimi and Guy, they are just like everyone else in our school and they are so nice, they don't talk about anybody, they are such friendly people," said student Christie Shafer.
Schafer nominated the pair on Facebook and says no one has more school spirit.
"They've been asking everyday they keep saying, 'I hope we win. Everyone that I've talked to are so excited and they really want them to win," she said.
"I think it's going to bring the school closer together, it's going to open the perspective of a lot of other schools around Lee County," said Jeff Mc Cune.
The king and queen will be announced during halftime, but win or lose, students say they are making strides towards acceptance.
"I feel like they already won it. With all my heart, they are the sweetest people in Lee County. I promise you that," said Mc Cune.