EMOTIONAL STORY: ‘It was a win in my heart,’ student says

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GEORGIA – For many students, homecoming is all about crowns and fun. For the students of one school, however, it was about the love of one another. It was also about giving one special young lady the memory of a lifetime.

“The 2015 homecoming queen is Miss Madison Tyree,” rang out at Jeff Davis County High School. Students responded with happy screams.

It was standing room only. Madison Tyree received a standing ovation after she won the title. “Even people from the other team were crying and clapping for her,” said Bailey Metts, the runner up for homecoming queen.

They weren’t the only ones. “Just to see her reaction,” Bailey said. “To see how honored she was and excited … I just cried and cried because I was so happy for her.”

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Photo via WSAV

“I wasn’t focused on winning. I was more focused on the fact she had an opportunity to win,” Bailey added. “And since she won, it was a win in my heart.”

Madison is in the band. She earns good grades. and is very popular. She happens to be blind and suffers from cerebral palsy.

“If you are having a bad day, she encourages you. She sends out a love that no one can send to you,” Bailey said. “She just brightens your day.”

“You just saw her name on the list and knew she deserved it. You just circled it. Everybody felt that way, and she deserved to be homecoming queen. We wanted her to represent this school because of the type of person she is and it would represent Jeff Davis High very well,” Bailey said. “It was unbelievable … It was a feeling you’ll never get.”

Madison says it was a moment she’ll never forget. “Whenever he said, ‘Selected by the student body as homecoming queen is …’ And then I held my breath… and he said, ‘Miss Madison Tyree,’ and I’m like..YAY!” said Madison, smiling from ear to ear. “I was excited. I was bursting out crying. I was like thank you so much.”

Even days later it was still sinking in for Madison. “I was sitting on the couch and ran my hand over the crown and I’m like oh my goodness, I cant believe it’s mine,” she said. “Bless their hearts … And again, all I can say is thank you.”

Madison says she didn’t even vote for herself. She voted for Bailey.

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