Inspirational Homecoming Queen Crowned in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE Seniors at Huntsville high school shook up old-school tradition with a storybook ending at Homecoming.

The Huntsville Hornets didn’t take home a victory at Friday night’s matchup against Magnolia, but for Martinez family, the night was a success. Estefania Martinez, 18, was crowned Homecoming Queen.

Complications at birth left Martinez with brain damage. Doctors told her mother she’d never walk or talk. Martinez proved them wrong. She not only walks and talks, but she seems to make friends wherever she goes.

The stands were packed with fans at Bowers Stadium Friday. And it wasn’t hard to find someone who knew and adored Martinez.

"I think Estefania is one of the nicest girls I know,” said Aaron Cardenas, a student at Huntsville High School. “Every time I see her, she says hi."

"I think she deserves it, because she's worked hard to get where she is,” said another student, Whitney Stubbs. “And the fact that we all love her."

The crowd cheered, and Martinez seemed to barely contain her excitement as the crown was place on her head.

A group of her close friends petitioned to get Martinez on the Homecoming ballot. Her fellow seniors did the rest.

Her mother, Alejandrina, said Martinez couldn’t stop talking about her nomination in the days leading up to the Homecoming game.

“She says, mom, I’m a princess!” Alejandrina said.

Martinez said now that she’s won, she plans to celebrate with her mother and the rest of her family at her favorite restaurant.