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Girl with cerebral palsy named Magna Vista homecoming queen

By Nadia Singh, nsingh@wdbj7.com
Published On: Oct 25 2013 10:48:32 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 26 2013 12:14:06 AM EDT

Homecoming queen is a highly sought after title in high school.
Tonight a senior named Christina Ruiz took the spotlight to own that title.

RIDGEWAY, Va. -

Some high school girls yearn to be homecoming queen. Friday, that dream became a reality for Christina Ruiz.

She was born with severe health issues but those didn't stop her from going to school and making friends.

Christina was nominated by her Magna Vista classmates to hold the coveted homecoming crown. And during Friday's homecoming game, she became a queen to everyone she knows.

Dressed in a white coat and pink scarf and decorated with flowers and a sash, Christina Ruiz got ready for her special night.

This year's senior class crowned her with an honor her family never thought she'd receive, homecoming queen.

"We've been through so much and this is just a big moment for us," said her sister Amber Ruiz through tears.

Her mother, Trenda Ruiz, told Your Hometown News Leader, "I was told in the beginning she wouldn't walk or talk or do anything and here we are walking tonight for homecoming court."

Christina was born with several birth defects including cerebral palsy. But she's never given up on the hope of a normal life.

"Not only did she bless herself she blessed me. Because I've learned a lot as well as she's learned a lot," Christina's paraprofessional, Julia Lampkins told WDBJ7's Nadia Singh.

She says Christina learned from her courage to embrace her differences, although they don't seem to matter to anyone else.

"It's a dream come true. I'd like to thank the 2013-2014 student body as well as the staff- because it weren't for them this wouldn't be a dream come true," said her mother.

Visibly emotional, Christina's sister, Amber said, "I think it's great opportunity because it's the first time she's ever been in front of people."

But Christina finds herself in front of people all the time; everyone stops what they're doing to say hello to her.

"All the kids are really good to her. It's amazing how when we go out in public and just was a hey Chris and I'm like who's that? There's just so many kids here me all make her feel comfortable or here at school" said her mother gleefully.

Magna Vista High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, Michael Minter told WDBJ7, "It just shows what our students feel is important. And that you're in an individual and that you're important no matter who you are and what disability or what race you are."

But none of that mattered Friday night as this young lady donned her much deserved crown.