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T.W. Josey High student with autism picked as homecoming queen

Adejah Nesbitt was named homecoming queen at T.W. Josey High School. (Source: Royal Shepherd / YouTube) Adejah Nesbitt was named homecoming queen at T.W. Josey High School. (Source: Royal Shepherd / YouTube)
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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Adejah Nesbitt is a cheerleader, a choir member and now a homecoming queen at T.W. Josey High School. But Adejah isn't the typical student.

“[She's] our first special needs child to be on the cheerleading squad,” T.W. special education teacher Tammy Holley said.

Holley said she knew the senior with autism could do anything she wanted after that.

“I decided I wanted her to be Ms. Paper Eagle,” Holley said. “We have a club here at Josey for special needs kids where we recycle paper and we call it the Paper Eagles.”

Adejah won that in more than one way.

“She just kept growing socially,” Holley said. “Her communications skills were growing and her academics were growing.”'

Her next challenge was Ms. Junior, where teachers said Adejah became the first attendant. She then decided to run for Ms. Homecoming this year, but it wasn't always easy.

“It was a challenge,” Holley said. “Her mom would come around and say, 'I'm pulling her out, I'm pulling her out.'”

But they stuck with it and will never forget the moment that came after it.

“I saw second attendant, first attendant and then I saw Adejah's name on homecoming queen and I said, 'Oh my gosh,'” choir teacher Frevionsta Moss said. Teachers said she has now has paved the path for other special need kids to reach for their dreams.

“Here at Josey, everyone accepts the kids, but when you go out elsewhere, everyone says these are special needs kids, but not now. She stood up.”

Her support system of teachers and family members said this isn't the last thing she'll accomplish.

“We have her going to job sites right now,” Holley said. ‘She has gone to local restaurants to work. She's also gone to grocery stores to work. Everywhere she goes people love her.”

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