Ruskin High senior with autism captures students’ hearts, earns historic homecoming nomination

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It was a historic homecoming night at a metro high school. Ruskin High School nominated its first student with autism for homecoming king, after the senior grabbed the hearts of all the students.

He's not the football quarterback or the president of student council, but he is the heart of the school.

"He doesn't know anything but love. He only knows to love people," said Trisha Rushing.

Doctors said Keven Marrett wouldn't be able to talk. Not only can he communicate, but he plays sports. He even won gold during the Special Olympics.

As Rushing watched her son walk out with homecoming court, it was a symbol of all of the barriers he has broken. For the first time in Ruskin high school history, a student with autism was nominated for Homecoming King.

Trisha says Keven has always communicated with his heart, and even though he didn't win, she's so thankful his classmates noticed.

"Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for making my kid feel included. For showing him the love he deserves," Rushing said.

"I think it says something really special about this community about these kids his peers. It's not always about who's the most popular kid, or who is on football team. It shouldn't be about that. It should be about the heart of people," family friend Chris Goode said.