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Murray High School crowns two students with special needs prom king and queen

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Feb 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-21 21:06:09-05

MURRAY, Utah – Two teenagers were crowned king and queen in Murray Friday, and both students with special needs were thrilled to be named prom royalty.

Murray High School is holding their prom on Saturday, and at an assembly on Friday Dustin Johnson and Jebba Jamara were announced as the prom’s royal couple. The teens were chosen to be prom king and queen through a student vote.

Both students were thrilled. Dustin said he was “very happy” and Jebba said she is excited for the dance and to wear her crown.

“Thanks everyone for letting me be here today,” she said at the assembly.

Dustin is deaf and partially blind, and he also has intellectual disabilities. Jebba has several disabilities and is a refugee from Liberia. Murray High School is among the schools that fully integrate students with special needs with the student body, and Dustin’s mom, Kathy, said that is invaluable to her son’s growth.

“This is not just Dustin and Jebba,” she said. “This is all of the kids here at Murray. It just says how special they all are because their hearts are so big.”

The prom is scheduled for Saturday night at the State Capitol Building. See the video above for footage from the assembly and interviews with the prom royalty.