WESTLAKE, Ohio - Thursday was Election Day at Westlake High School.
Students were casting ballots for homecoming king and queen and this year, two of Westlake's favorite sweethearts are on the court.
Jacob Cox and Holly Thomas have Down syndrome. And, they have plenty of friends at Westlake High School who love them and want to see them crowned king and queen.
"It'd be the greatest thing ever if they won that," student Adam Sandor said.
Sandor is one of the students who spends his study hall time helping special needs students. He has formed a special bond with Jacob.
"When I first started working with him, he really wouldn't talk or communicate with me," he said. "But after a while, we started becoming closer and it's more like friends than just helping someone out."
"He's more like a brother or a son because you spend so much time with someone and you get really close," student Griffin Schiffer added.
The senior class picked six of their classmates, including Cox and Thomas, for the court last week. The entire school has the final say on which of the six will be king and queen. The winners will be announced Friday evening before the football game.
Intervention specialist Katie McGlynn isn't surprised that her students are in the running. She said Westlake students take pride in helping the special needs students in her class.
"I think the kids just kind of rallied and they saw their names on the ballot and they voted," she said.
"It shows that anyone who comes to Westlake can fit in," Sandor said.
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