Iowa high school student with cerebral palsy elected homecoming queen

WAVERLY, Iowa (KWWL) - Students at Waverly, Iowa's Waverly-Shell Rock High School elected Kaleb Staack as Homecoming King and Courtney Tharp as Homecoming Queen on Monday night.

It was made even more special for students and staff because Tharp was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 9-months-old.

"She's here everyday. She's excited. She's energetic," associate principal Jeremy Langner said. "When many of us at times think we're having a bad day, we talk to Courtney."

But Tharp's disability hasn't slowed her down, and the seniors have noticed.

"Honestly, I was more excited for Courtney than for myself," Staack said. "I mean, yeah, it's a great honor, but having somebody like Courtney as my queen is just perfect."

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