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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:34 pm

Who can forget the magic of their high school prom? All of that work transforming the school into a beautiful ballroom. Dressing up in your first tuxedo and nervously pinning the corsage on your date. Or finding just the right dress, and feeling like a princess going to the ball.

Of course the highlight of the evening is when the King and Queen are announced and glide across the floor in a celebratory dance.

This Saturday, Clarksville High School's prom was a little more magical than usual. The entire student body worked especially hard to make the evening special for one little girl.

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It started when Sarah Gibson approached prom sponsor and English teacher AnnaJo Terrill with the idea of putting her sister, Hannah Gibson, a special needs student, on the ballot for prom queen, saying, "she really wants to be a princess, we've got to make this happen."

"I really didn't have to do anything but put her name on the ballot," said Terrill, "the kids did the rest."

Sarah got the ball rolling, starting a Facebook page and a Twitter hashtag in support of making Hannah the Prom Queen. Everybody began to jump on the bandwagon and get behind the effort, retweeting their support; so many, in fact, that Hannah Gibson for Prom Queen became a nationally trending topic.

Dederick Lee, Prom King and basketball phenom, said, "I had a feeling that Hannah was going to win." There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Hannah was crowned and Dederick took her wheelchair and began to whisk her around the dance floor.

"I was about to start crying; it was very emotional," said the six foot tall senior.

As much buzz as the campaign had generated, the kids managed to keep it a surprise for Hannah who was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from her classmates who beamed, "I was surprised," adding, "I love y'all so very much."   

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