A community says you only have to spend a few minutes with Talaya Haynes to completely brighten your day. Talaya is a senior at Clarksville High, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. With her beaming smile, the joy she brings to everyone every day led her student body to elect her their senior homecoming queen.
"I cannot express how exciting it is for her to be senior homecoming queen," said Nita Haynes, Talaya's mother.
"When we found out, I texted her mom and I was like, 'she got it,' " said Clarksville High student Mary Beth Cook. "I posted it online. I posted it on Twitter. I was so excited. I was like, 'yes!' "
"Talaya got down off the couch and tried to do a handstand," laughed Haynes.
Friday afternoon, Talaya joined the homecoming parade marching past Clarksville High with a beaming smile on her face. Friends who have been touched by the constant joy of one girl say they hope they've given some joy back.
"She deserved something to let her know how important she is to us ," said Cook.
"It's just a blessing to be part of her life," added godmother Carisa Webster. "When I got the news, I just got excited and started tearing up because she's not missing out on anything in her life. That smile is priceless. It's timeless."
"I'm so thankful and blessed people have been put in her life to encourage her, and to help her and include her," said Haynes.
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