Beauty queen to take Down syndrome student to prom

It’ll be a prom to remember for a special western Wisconsin high school student.

Menomonie High School junior Charlie Gainey, who has Down syndrome, has been nominated by his classmates to this year’s prom court.

Gainey told WKOW-TV he’s excited and it doesn’t matter if he’s king or not, “all that matters is the dancing and having a great time.”

Even more exciting for Gainey is his special date: Miss Minnesota USA Danielle Hooper. She’s a student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The two met for the first time Friday. She wore her tiara and sash.

Hooper said she didn’t have a prom court at her high school, so it’ll be a special opportunity for her too.

Gainey said he’ll have a great time with his new friend.