Adam Chadwick knows he’s not the most popular kid at Roy Miller High School—“not at all,” according to him. He walks the halls by himself most of the time, he’s bullied and called names when he’s not alone, and only has a few friends; during lunchtime he talks about physics.
So when he was nominated for something that is typically reserved for only the most popular kids in school, it didn’t make any sense.
“There’s still a hole there in the logic. Obviously some people were just messing with me,” he said to CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman.
Adam Chadwick was skeptical when he was nominated for prom King.
Tyrell Clay on the other hand, is a well-liked football quarterback who makes friends with everyone he meets. He’s friendly, effortlessly popular, and loved by the students at the Corpus Christi, Texas campus.
So it came as no surprise to anyone when Tyrell was nominated for prom king, including Tyrell. Everyone expected to vote for Tyrell.
Tyrell was up against Adam for the crown on prom night at Miller High.
Adam wasn’t planning on going to prom, and even less did he think he would ever be nominated for prom king, but ultimately he mustered up the courage and decided to give it a shot.
“I figured I might as well just take the chance and hope for the best,” Adam said. He “was prepared” for the results, the reactions, and who knows what else.
With two kids at the opposite ends of the social spectrum running up against each other, it was almost obvious who would win.
Then on prom night the moment of truth finally rolled around and the winner was announced—it was Tyrell.
But when Tyrell looked around and saw his competitor, he did something that stunned everyone, especially Adam.
“I glanced over to Adam and he was standing up and he was really sad—like he was heartbroken,” Tyrell told CBS.
He took his crown off, walked over to Adam, and placed it on his head, and just like a proper coronation, bowed to the new prom king.
“I put it on his head and I bowed to him,” said Tyrell. Adam was in disbelief.
“I thought I was imagining it or something,” said Adam, who added that the crowd applauded him loudly.
It was a moment Adam would never forget and would forever change his life as a student at Roy Miller High.
“I can, like, walk the halls with my head held high,” he said.
As for Tyrell, it’s easy to see why he is so well liked by his peers—he has a heart of gold too.
“I don’t want to regret not doing something for somebody I could have when I had the opportunity to,” he said.