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McCamey Teen with Down Syndrome Voted Prom Queen, Quarterback is Date

By Kim Powell
NewsWest 9

MCCAMEY - Normally the crowds at McCamey High School are cheering for their quarterback, Adrian Alonzo. However, at this year's prom, they were cheering for his date, Cesyli Prieto. It all started just a few days before prom. With the help of his teachers and classmates, Alonzo came up with a clever way to ask Cesyli. "And there's these boxes and every time you open one a balloon pops out and it spells prom," McKenna Ford, a senior, said.

"He had told me right before, right before it all started he was like, 'Coach Mitchell I am so nervous my hands are sweating,'" Bridgette Mitchell, a teacher at McCamey High School, said.

"His hands were sweating and you can see in the video that he was wiping his hands off because he was sweating so bad," Amy Acosta, another teacher, said.

"Oh yea I was nervous, I was nervous she was going to say no," Alonzo said.

Of course, Cesyli said yes. With her new princess tiara, she picked out her dress and the two exchanged corsages and boutonnieres and went to prom to do one of her favorite things--dancing.

However, the senior class had one more surprise planned; making her their prom queen. She traded in her tiara for a crown.

"It really made me proud, the fact that I'm a principal of a high school, and I knew this already, but that we had such great, caring thoughtful kids," Jay McWilliams, the principal, said.

Cesyli spent the rest of the night dancing in her crown and smiling with all her friends.

"It was probably our best prom yet here at McCamey. It was fun, it was really enjoyable," Ford said.

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