UPDATE: Wins Swim Meet, Has Prom Dream Date, Elected King

UPDATED Monday, May 6, 2013 --- 10:15 a.m.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- Things only got better for the western Wisconsin teen with Down syndrome who escorted Miss Minnesota USA to his junior prom.

Besides his dream date with Danielle Hooper Saturday, Menomonie High School junior Charlie Gainey was elected prom king. Charlie's date with Hooper was arranged by a mutual friend who has a child that swims with Charlie on a Special Olympics team.

Charlie wore his grandfather's tuxedo for big event, which included dinner at a local supper club, the grand march at the high school and dance at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

His prom king election was only icing on the cake. WEAU-TV says Charlie took part in a Special Olympics swim meet earlier Saturday and won first place in all four of his events.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 --- 7:46 p.m.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) -- 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 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 says she didn't have a prom court at her high school, so it'll be a special opportunity for her too.

Gainey says he'll have a great time with his new friend.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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