Teens with Autism Crowned Prom King and Queen

05/06/2014 at 03:30 PM EDT

Teens with Autism Crowned Prom King and Queen
Alexis Adams and Brian Smith
Friday was a day to remember for Brian Smith and Alexis Adams, two high school seniors with autism.

Their classmates at Corinth Holders High School in Wendell, North Carolina, voted them their prom's king and queen.

"I was so happy when they called my name," Smith told Raleigh-Durham's WTVD-TV .

So was Adams.



"I couldn't stop smiling," she told the TV station.

The teens quickly took to the roles. Brian blew kisses and hammed it up while Alexis preened and primped for the cameras.

Equally happy for them was their teacher, Crystal Ridenhour.

"It was one of those 'Yes!' moments really for me," Ridenhour told the TV station.

Adams and Smith are "two of the most positive individuals you will come in contact with," said their principal, Chase Ferrell.

"They're just radiant and the other students, they feed off of that," he said.

Three days later, Adams and Smith were still glowing from the honor – and wore the sashes for their TV interview.

"Everybody, everybody voted for me," Smith said proudly. "I'm the king of 2014 … not Brian no more. I'm the king."



 

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