Unlikely prom king

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Unlikely prom king

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by Abigail Bleck

kgw.com

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Max Jackowski of Lake George, New York has seldom stopped dancing since Saturday and really, why should he?

He is after all the Lake George Junior-Senior High School's new ordained prom king, Down syndrome and all.

When Max's name was called, students and staff quickly rose to give him a standing ovation.

"I just started to cry. It was joyful, it was exciting, and honestly it's kind of a blur," said Lisa Jackowski, Max’s mother.

Not only did Max win, he won big.

Eighty percent of the votes went to him.

It was an amazing and almost surreal end to a school year--or--years that haven't always been easy for a boy with special needs and his family.

"They not only made Max so happy, I mean, they really reached deep inside and I think they made this decision with their hearts," said Max’s mother.

It's not their hearts that earned Max his title, though. It was his.

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