SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) - There's nothing like a homecoming pep rally to help usher in fall and high school football season, and no homecoming is complete without a court.
This homecoming is a very special one for Southaven High School.
"It's fun. They picked me to be on the homecoming court," Mary Jones said.
Senior Mary Jones is one of six special needs students on this year's homecoming court. She said she found out Thursday the part she'd play in all the festivities.
The whole idea to include senior special needs students in the homecoming court came from two very important members of the homecoming team.
Senior band member Meaghan Millier and drum majorette Eva Geeter both hope this becomes school tradition.
"It's such a big deal that these girls are graduating. They just deserve recognition after so much hard work," Millier said.
Another girl, Sierra Cobb, also got to walk down the field. Her mother, Sandra Harris, said the moment is unforgettable for the entire family.
"Normally, special needs kids are pushed to the side, but it's something else to see them being part of something," Harris said.
For most on this year's court, winning the coveted crown is the goal, but not Mary.
Mary was more excited about her escort than winning the crown.
However, all of the special needs students were crowned Friday night. The day's festivities filled each of them with school pride.