Carmel High School student with cerebral palsy crowned prom king

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4 Fast Facts

  • Parker Amet was born with a rare disease called microcephaly and because of it he has cerebral palsy.
  • He was worried he wouldn’t have any friends in high school.
  • Thanks to Carmel High School’s Young Life and Best Buddies programs, he has hundreds of friends.
  • His classmates voted him prom king on Saturday.

CARMEL, Ind. –A Carmel High School senior with special needs is still beaming after his classmates voted him prom king on Saturday.

Parker Amet was born with a rare disease called microcephaly. Microcephaly causes a variety of problems, including cerebral palsy.

A few years ago, Amet was terrified to go to high school, and he was afraid he wouldn’t have any friends. But thanks to Carmel High School’s Young Life and Best Buddies programs, Amet told CBS4Indy that he has “hundreds of friends.”

“Their whole special needs program is one to be admired,” said Amet’s grandmother, Ann Macias. “Parker has not experienced one minute of bullying or prejudice or indifference.”

Amet says he wasn’t surprised he was voted prom king because he knew all of his friends would vote for him. “I am proud of myself!” said Amet.

“We’re really proud of the man he has turned into because when he was first born it was really touch and go,” said Macias.

Amet says he loves to give his friends hugs, and they make him feel special every day. Amext is excited to graduate at the end of the month, but he says he will miss his friends when they go off to college.

It is very clear to everyone who comes into contact with Amet that he  is smart, funny, loving, honest and a truly good person. “He brings joy and light to all who know him and those he meets,” says Macias.

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