OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- On a soggy night at South Oldham High School, football took a back seat to a fist-bumping and smile-flashing 17-year-old known as Maddie Ray.

The cameras clicked and she knew exactly what to do. Her communication is limited due to her Down syndrome, but when you get to know Maddie Ray, you quickly pick up why students at South Oldham always want to be around her.

"The fact that I'm not even crying right now is a huge success," Maddie's mother said.

The persistent picture taking by Maddie's younger sister Lucy started a social media movement on Twitter. Several hundred retweets later brought us 
to Friday night's homecoming football game.

Maddie's walk on the path of life hasn't always been easy, but Friday she parted the sea of flags and band members to the crowd's delight. That lead up to the moment was what everyone had waited for 

"Ladies and gentlemen, South Oldham High's 2016 football homecoming queen -- Maddie Ray!"

Maddie's mom and dad were exhausted from the emotional event, but they still have their sense of humor for their princess who is now a queen.

"Because she's non-verbal, she can never repeat it, but I always whisper in her ear, I'm like, 'Don't tell your brothers and sisters, but I love you more than I love them,'" Maddie's father said.

Upon graduation, Maddie plans to join the Down syndrome of Louisville young adult program.

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