A group of students are praising a high school senior for giving up his crown as homecoming king to bestow the honor on a classmate with special needs instead.

Earlier this month, Josh Donahoe stood onstage in front of Brandon Valley High School in South Dakota alongside the other homecoming king nominees. The nominees included Carson Rowbatham, a student with special needs, WKYT reports.

When Josh was announced as the winner of the crown, he approached the microphone and pulled the announcer aside. Moments later, the announcer said Josh wanted to give the crown instead to Carson. The auditorium erupted into cheers.

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“When he announced my name, I got up and said, ‘I don’t think I can do this,'” Josh told WKYT. “It was kind of a split-second decision, but it wasn’t that big of a decision for me. It was a no-brainer for me, because Carson deserves it.”

Everyone applauded Josh for his gesture, but Josh said all the praise ought to go to Carson.

“He’s a huge positive influence on my life, and that’s a big part of the reason why I chose to have him up there. Because he’s such a big positive influence on me and everyone at Brandon Valley,” said Josh.

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