Teen with down syndrome wins swim meet, has prom dream date, elected king

CREATED May. 6, 2013

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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 (http://www.weau.com/) says Charlie took part in a Special Olympics swim meet earlier Saturday and won first place in all four of his events.

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Information from: WEAU-TV, http://www.weau.com