Diboll students turn prom into fairytale for classmate

Diboll students turn prom into fairytale for classmate
Source: Mikayla Sudduth
Source: Mikayla Sudduth
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - Diboll senior Abrie Lopez has been living a fairy tale since Saturday night when senior and juniors from Diboll High School elected her as the 2016 prom queen.

"I feel happy, and it amazed me," Abrie said.

Abrie suffers from cerebral palsy. The congenital disorder is due to abnormal brain development. She was diagnosed at the age of two. She now can only get around with the use of her wheel chair.

The announcement at prom shocked Abrie, but it did not come as a surprise to her classmates.

"We all thought it would be amazing for her to be prom queen," said senior Aubrie Arellano. "We all think she deserves it because she has been with us since the beginning."

Lopez received over 90 percent of the vote that was cast from an estimated 200 students. Classmates said Abrie's attitude is what sets her apart.

"She is always positive, and she is always smiling no matter what she has been through in life," Xavier Wofford said.

"She has struggled most of her life, so I thought this was something we could make her do to feel better and be at ease," Joshua Cordova said.

Abrie was joined for a special dance by prom king Christian Garcia.

"I didn't know it was going to happen," Christian said. "I thought it was touching for everybody. Nothing stops her; she just keeps going. "

Days later, Abrie is still living the fairy tale.

"I didn't know that I was going to win," Abrie said.

It was Abrie's decision to go to prom. She let her Adrian Lopez, her brother and caretaker, know of her plans.

"She told me she wanted to go," Adrian said. "I was happy. She is an outgoing person. I have a roommate, and we got together and did her hair and makeup to make her feel special."

Adrian said he never could have imagined that his sister would come home with the title of queen.

"I was fluttered with emotions," Adrian said. "I was very glad that the students did that for her. It shows great character."

Thinking back on the night, it is hard for Abrie to pick a favorite memory.

"Everything was amazing," Abrie said.

Abrie has returned to school the same person, but those that know her best hope the night proves anything is possible.

"It shows her that even though she is in a wheelchair she can do anything she sets her mind to," said Meagan Baldree, a life skills teacher.

John Clements, a principal at Diboll High School, said Abrie has expressed to the staff that her goal is to walk across the platform at Diboll's graduation ceremony on June 4. Clements said they are looking into how to make it a reality.

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