Popular student with cerebral palsy voted Homecoming Queen by classmates


She's at every game cheering on her classmates, and to thank her they made her homecoming queen.

In a heartwarming tale from southwest Minnesota, students of Murray County Central High School made Homecoming one to remember for Tori Van Peursem, a senior who has cerebral palsy.

"She's so supportive of our senior class. Every single game, she's there wishing us good luck," Rachel Schmitz, homecoming queen candidate, told KSFY, saying they spread the word to ensure Tori was named the winner.

Her homecoming king, Jack Erickson, told the TV station: "Ever since were little, me and and Tori have really gotten to know each other over the years especially ... this year we got together and decided she's someone who deserves to have the honor of being homecoming queen."

Tori's mother, Marilyn Van Peursem, spoke to the Huffington Post, saying she was surprised when her daughter came home and told her she was on the ballot, but not as surprised as Tori was when she was named the winner.

"One of the girls that was sitting beside her said as she was getting crowned Tori kept saying, 'Wow, wow,'" she said.

Tori reigned for a week, during which she was given escorts to "Rebels" games as she carried out her queenly duties.

Cerebral palsy refers to a group or neurological disorders that affects a person's motor skills, hampering their ability to move, and maintain their balance and posture, according to the CDC.

According to the Murray County News, Tori was diagnosed with the condition when she was just 10 months old.

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