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Knoxville Homecoming Court Honors Two Classmates

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Homecoming is in the air in Knoxville, with the team getting ready for tonight's game, and the homecoming court all set to go for the big parade.

This year the sophomore class attendants are Elise Engebretson and EJ Clary, two students in the special education program.

"A lot of people had gone around and asked advisors to vote for them because they've always been in our class and we've always loved them and had a connection to them," Sophomore Kayla Shreeves says.

EJ was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome at an early age, and Elise with moderate mental impairment, but what may have set them apart, only made them closer to the community here.

"They've included them since day 1 so I've never had any issues or concerns," Elise's mom, Melissa Engebretson, says.

The sophomores at Knoxville High School decided as a class to give Elise and EJ the honor this year.

"He came home to tell me, he came running, he basically gestured that he got to be a part of the ‘King's Court," EJ's mom, Emily Shreeves, says.

"I was speechless, I couldn't talk for a second, I had to take a step back, but then I wasn't surprised," Engebretson says, "Elise's class have always included her since kindergarten so it really wasn't surprising, but it just kind of tugged on your heartstrings."

Elected by their classmates to give Elise and EJ their moment in the spotlight and make sure they know they've been part of the Knoxville family all along.

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