Here’s a homecoming queen story that had us smiling and crying at the same time.
When high school senior Jessica Leyva was a baby, she was in a car accident that severed her spinal cord and left her paralyzed from the neck down. She’s had a lot of challenges in her life, but that has never stopped her from living positively and trying to make the best out of every situation.
That’s a great way for any person to live their life — whether or not you’re living with a physical disability — but in Jessica’s case, it also touched and inspired her fellow classmates at South Fort Myers, and without her knowing they put the young woman on the homecoming ballot.
And she won.
On Friday night, Jessica was all smiles as she received her crown, never one thinking that she would actually be called up to receive the prize.
“Amazing,” she said, clearly in awe. “I didn’t think it was going to be me tonight.”
To be clear, this wasn’t a pity vote. As fellow student Antwon Dixon said, “Sometimes you don’t pick people just because they’re popular. You pick them because when they come to school they have a nice sprit.”
Check out the video above to see Jessica get the crown, and witness just a glimpse of this sweet young lady’s life.