Homecoming king overcoming obstacles despite disability

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

Robbie Ripkey (WRDW-TV)

Evans, Ga. (WRDW) - Dressed in a suit, with his shiny gold crown. It's a night, Robbie Ripkey will never forget.

"I watched homecoming for many years, up in the bleachers," he said.

Tonight, he'll be a part of it.

"I didn't know I won, so I was in shock," said Ripkey.

A dream that came true. The 2013 homecoming king of Evans High School.

"Everybody, everybody seemed to be involved and happy, to make his dream come true," said Diana Goodman, Robbie's mom.

The announcement came earlier today at the schools pep rally, where his mom anxiously watched.

"I looked around and there were a lot of tears, a lot of tears from a lot of different people."

People that saw Robbie grow from day one.

"When he was born, he was dealt a pretty tough hand," his mom said.

Doctors told Robbie's mom she had a very special baby boy. She smiled and said "yes, yes he is."

"He has feelings and he has all the feelings that any child has or young adult or teenager, but today he really feels like everybody else," said his mom.

"I don't feel like I have any disabilities right now," Robbie said.

That's what it's like to feel like royalty.

"It's made me happy that my mom is here to watch me to get crowned king," said Ripkey,