Girl with cerebral palsy voted for homecoming court

Published: Oct. 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM EDT
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ADEL, GA (WALB) - It's football homecoming season in south Georgia.

And when the court takes the field in Cook County Friday night, there's one homecoming attendant who will likely evoke cheers.

14-year-old Misty Triggs was born with cerebral palsy and has never been able to walk. She says sometimes it's hard to feel like a regular teenager because she's confined to a wheel chair.

"I can't walk like the other kids, and sometimes its hard for me to be able to accept that. It's hard for me because I want to be normal but I know I'm not," said Misty.

But her freshman class sees her as a normal teenager like them. And they've voted Misty to represent the class in the homecoming court this Friday.

"Misty is like any of us, she acts the same she's born the same, just because of a few things doesn't make any difference," said Elizabeth Mccumber, Misty's friend.

Her Dad says it's incredible to see how many students love Misty and her positive outlook on life. He says moving to south Georgia has made all the difference.

"That was one of the things I was really worried about when we moved out here and she started here, and its just been insane. It's a lot different than California because I don't believe this would have ever happened in California," said father Jeff Triggs.

Misty is representing the freshman class with three other girls, but because she received the most votes, she's the only one who will walk down the football field.

And Misty lights up when she talks about the boy who asked her to the homecoming dance.

"He's a really nice guy, I think he accepts me for who I truly am and he sees past the wheelchair, he sees me as a normal girl," said Misty.

Her dad says its not only her popularity on campus that he's noticed, but her confidence has increased.

"Oh yeah her head is swole," said Triggs.

"I know that I have a lot of friends and that they all love me so, that's the good thing about having a lot of friends that care about you," said Misty.

Misty says she dreams of becoming the homecoming queen her senior year and she plans to go to college to become a science teacher.

Misty will ride in the homecoming parade tonight. Tomorrow, she'll represent her class on the football field, and Saturday she'll attend her first homecoming dance.

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