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Student, 82, honored by classmates at homecoming

OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

It's not unusual to hear about inspiring stories coming from homecoming royalty, but one homecoming queen is showing that success comes with age.

Granny Franny is remarkable for not only heading back to school at her age, a youthful 82, but also for inspiring all the young people she meets.

At her age, Frances Wood probably has more knowledge in years than she'll learn in a semester. Still, she packs her book bag for class.

"I thought, ‘Is this really real? Am I really doing this?'" she said.

She enrolled at MidAmerica Nazarene University after her husband passed away. Heartbroken, she needed something that would bring her joy again.

"I was beginning to get just a little lonely and depressed. I needed something different to do and believe me, this is different," Wood said.

She is the oldest student on campus and the most popular.

"I do get called out ‘Granny Franny,' ‘Hi Granny Franny' every once in a while, and that's been fun," Wood said.

Students a quarter her age gravitated toward her. For someone so down, she was always lifting others.

"Students feel loved by her. She's kind of like a grandma away from home," said student Konner McIntire.

They wanted to give back to their favorite classmate - and they did, over the weekend, at their homecoming. First Wood was asked out by not just one boy, but three.

"What did I tell, you? That you needed to get real girls, didn't I?" she said to one proposed date.

"Yes, she did say that we need to get real girls that are potential wives," the man, Dylan Aebersold, said with a laugh.

The three-to-one group date was one thing, but then even more amazing things happened. She got a standing ovation.

"She's the most popular girl on campus," McIntire said.

The school gave her a special place in Homecoming Court, crowning her "Homecoming Granny."

"I could never have imagined all of this," Wood said.

Granny Franny even made business cards and she quickly ran out of them with so many people requesting one.

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