Classmates surprise girl with special needs with honor of prom queen

Peyton Van Meter crowned queen

OWENSBORO, Ky. - A girl with special needs at a small high school in Kentucky warmed hearts with her smile when her classmates surprised her with the honor of prom queen.

Students at Owensboro High School voted Peyton Van Meter queen of "The Most Spectacular Show on Earth."

Prom king Josh Hicks said that many of the students were emotional when they saw Van Meter crowned.

"You just can't help not smiling. Like, your cheeks hurt because you've just been smiling for like 10 minutes straight just watching her. I looked out into the audience and I saw a few of my friends crying because they were excited. It's a great moment," Hicks said.

Van Meter summed up the memorable experience in just three words.

"I feel special," Van Meter said.