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Special-needs student named homecoming prince

Luis Oviedo and Samantha Campbell Luis Oviedo and Samantha Campbell

Many schools have homecoming traditions, including naming a king and queen - and in the case of Chapel Hill Middle School, a prince and princess.

But this year, two special-needs students were nominated to the homecoming court - and Thursday night, one of them was crowned as homecoming prince.

By all accounts, fourteen-year-old Luis Oviedo is a pretty popular guy - and this week, the student body voted him to be homecoming prince.

"You hardly ever see kids with disabilities get nominated for stuff like that," said Luis's sister, Byanca Garcia. "I almost cried tears of joy because I'm his sister. I've helped my mom take care of him since I was five years old."

Luis was announced as homecoming prince today during a school pep-rally.

"They announced the princess first and then they announced Luis's name and the whole stadium just kind of went Raaaaahhhh! Right? They said your name? Yeah. And it was awesome," said Chapel Hill Middle School Life Skills teacher Natalie Pizzo.

Luis escorted his classmate and fellow nominee Samantha Campbell on the court, and Luis was then presented as prince.

We asked Luis if he was surprised that he was voted homecoming prince - and he answered by opening his mouth in surprise.

We also asked him how he felt, with a little help from Pizzo.

"How do you feel about being homecoming prince? Do you feel good? Yeah. Do you feel special? Do you feel loved?" Pizzo asked.

"Love," Luis said.  

"It's like I'm a proud mama," Pizzo said. "These kids are my kids and I take care of them the best that I can and I advocate for them, so when one of them gets recognized or gets some kind of special award, it means the absolute best."

Pizzo says this is the first time in her six years of teaching that two of her students have participated together in a homecoming court.

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