Great State: She Made Varsity Cheer and Homecoming Court Not With Her Legs But With Her Spirit

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MCLOUD, OKLAHOMA -- School let out early for Homecoming in McLoud.

The whole town lined Main Street for the parade.

The band played.

The football team wore their home colors, and the Homecoming court rode in fancy cars.

That's where Kevlyn Patton joins the line.

She's a 16-year-old junior whose personal parade of hills and valleys extends farther than Friday's celebration.

Patton describes reactions she gets to her appearance.

"Some people are like, 'you're amazing' and some others are scared to talk to me."

She is quadriplegic.

Kevlyn has limited use of her arms.

Her legs were amputated below the waist resulting from a surgical mistake she suffered as a girl.

If there was a single person in the parade who might have wanted to shy away from attention it would have been her, but Patton learned early.

That wasn't the way she wanted to live.

"Nothing was stopping me," she states. "So I wanted to continue what I was doing."

A few hours later the town gathered again at the football field.

The most recognizable 'Friday Night Heroes' warmed up in Redskin red.

Cheer coach and Homecoming planner Kylie Voyles made sure her Homecoming Royalty Court all had their sashes.

When Kevlyn first came to McLoud High she wanted to cheer.

Organizers then weren't sure.

This year she made it, not because she can jump or yell, but because her spirit is so strong.

"She's been great," says Voyles. "She shows up. She works hard. That's good."

She made it on the field for pre-game festivities.

Kevlyn's hair was perfect.

Her gown flowed gracefully.

If anyone looked at her funny she didn't notice.

If anyone cheered she too it in stride.

The biggest Homecoming victory of the night belonged to a girl who participated just like anyone else, just like she wanted.