Apr 26, 2013 10:27 PM by Bart Bedsole - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - If you missed the Miller High School prom last Saturday, you missed one of the better displays of character, unselfishness, and friendship that we've heard about in recent years.
Tyrell Clay and Adam Chadwick have known each other since elementary schools, but took very different paths to become what they are today.
Tyrell was a four year star quarterback for the Miller Bucs, and also excelled in basketball and track.
Adam tried a few clubs, but chose to focus primarily on his studies, taking a heavy load of AP classes this semester alone.
"I'm not really into sports. That's just not who I am," he says.
Adam doesn't consider himself unpopular, but admits to being a victim of a fair amount of bullying growing up.
Both, however, recently found themselves on the list of candidates nominated for Prom King.
Ironically, Adam wasn't even sure he was going.
"I asked a few girls out, I got rejected three times," he explains, "so I almost said forget it. And then I get nominated, so I have to go."
Luckily, another girl asked him, and met him there around 9:00pm.
Some of the staff at the school helped to make sure Adam was ready for the big event at the American Bank Center.
They got him a haircut and arranged for a free tuxedo from Al's Formal Wear.
The crowning ceremony was held about halfway through the event, and as many expected, Tyrell was named the prom king... but not for long.
"I could see like the disappointment in Adam's face," says Tyrell, "he was like really red, and he was looking down to the ground. And I was like he deserves this more than me."
So Tyrell gave up his crown to Adam, and told him he was the real king.
"He walks across the floor, and puts the crown on my head," recalls Adam, "and it probably wasn't a minute, but I felt like I was frozen for a minute."
And that wasn't all.
"We had made a bet in first period," explains Tyrell, "and I told him if you get king, I will bow to you, so I walked over there and gave it to him, and I bowed to him, and everybody just kind of cheered. It was pretty amazing, I kind of liked it. And he got a real happy like smile, it was pretty funny. It was pretty sad, I wanted to cry, but I was like no you can't cry."
No one cried... at least not at that moment.
Instead, they danced.
Adam was even photographed dancing with the Prom Queen, among others.
It was a night both will remember forever, but one Adam will take more away from than anyone else.
"I'm more in with the crowd than I thought I was. I thought I was a lone wolf. I just stuck by myself. And as it turns out, I actually fit in," he says.
School officials have also contacted the "Ellen" show, to see if what happened last Saturday might be worth sharing with a few million more people.