Grand Prairie Homecoming Queen Shares Her Crown

Grand Prairie Homecoming Queen Shares Her Crown

What started as a heartless prank by bullies turned into a heartwarming story demonstrating the healing difference friendship and kindness can make.  After learning that 17-year-old Lillian Skinner was falsely told she'd been nominated for homecoming queen at Grand Prairie High School in North Texas, two of her good friends made a pact.  Anahi Alvarez

What started as a heartless prank by bullies turned into a heartwarming story demonstrating the healing difference friendship and kindness can make.  After learning that 17-year-old Lillian Skinner was falsely told she'd been nominated for homecoming queen at Grand Prairie High School in North Texas, two of her good friends made a pact.  Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez, who were actually nominated, decided that if either of them won, their friend "Lilly" would receive the crown. 

 

Lilly's friends describe her as “one of the nicest people.”  Anahi says:  “She’s so sweet.  We need people in this world like Lilly.” 

 

So when Anahi was announced as this year’s homecoming queen, imagine Lilly's surprise when her friend instead crowned her and called her the real winner.  For Lilly, it felt like a dream come true.  As her other friend, Naomi, put it:  "Seeing the look on her face and the way she reacted toward it was priceless."

 

Even the principal, Lorimer Arendse, was in on the plan.  Arendse says he was moved by the students act of kindness for their longtime friend:  “In all my time at school, this is probably the greatest moment I’ve ever experienced as principal.”

And it was Lilly who has a lasting message for us all when she said afterwards:  "My mom tells me, and I remember to tell my friends, 'Look inside to see what counts.'  Not the outside.  Look inside your heart."

 

Good for You to Anahi, Naomi & Liilly for reminding us what it means to have friends you can truly count on!

 

NBC 5, 9/19/14

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