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Autistic student at Canon City High School crowned homecoming king

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A special homecoming assembly was in the works at Canon City High School on Friday.

For the first time, the school crowned a homecoming king and it was 17-year-old Georgie Ruzanski.

He’s a senior at Canon City High School.

Georgie has autism and was diagnosed at just three years old.

However, his life is much more than that diagnosis.

On Friday, his classmates made sure he knew that.

During the homecoming assembly, the crowd of students went wild as Georgie’s name was called.

"You meet him once and you don't forget him. I mean, he's just very sweet,” said Georgie’s mom, Toni Matthews-Ruzanski. She was at the high school to watch her son get crowned.

For Georgie, the experience “made me proud.”

With Georgie’s autism, his mom says he still has a lot of issues with social situations.

"But I think he's very much so like most every other 17-year-old boy…it's my understanding Canon City doesn't ever really do a homecoming king…the fact that they are declaring him a king this year is pretty amazing.”

Classmate Amanda Andreis came up with the idea. She wanted to do something this year to bring the student body together.

Andreis said, "My first thought of what's a unifying force was just Georgie. He's just a great kid and all around everyone loves him, so I just thought hey, let's give him the recognition he deserves and we're going to crown him homecoming king."

Georgie said, “My parents are proud of me because next year I'm going to graduate from high school.”

Georgie’s dad, George Ruzanski, said, “It's very special, very proud of Georgie and it was a great day.”

Georgie’s mom said, “My heart is just full. He has some amazing peers. We are very, very lucky that this is the community that he gets to grow up in.”

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