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Four homecoming king hopefuls in Minnesota give up the chance at the title so that a student battling cancer could be crowned king.

It is certainly a stereotype, but when it comes to homecoming royalty, the guys chosen are usually athletes.

Such was the case this year in Zimmerman. Three football players, Craig Steiskal, Hunter Smith and Lee Christopherson, were all finalists, along with soccer player David Molinary.

"I wanted to win really bad," recalled Christopherson.

However, winning for these athletes came in a much bigger way this year. The three formulated a play involving senior Jonah Skrove.

"That plan, what it would do, how it would affect Jonah, his family, how it would feel, I felt that would be more of a memory for everyone than who won the crown," said Hunter Smith.

Jonah, just came back to school after a lengthy absence. Bone cancer not only took away his junior year but also his right leg.

"It's made me a lot more appreciative of everything," said Skrove.

That appreciation hit a new level during the homecoming pep rally.

"I went on the mic and said, ‘thank you for this honor, but we as a court believe that there is someone more deserving of this crown,'" Smith recalled.

That's when the four young men started walking towards Jonah.

"When they first started walking towards me, it was a little bit of nervousness," Skrove recalled.

"I announced to everybody, Jonah, we believe you are a better-fitting king than any of us," said Smith.

"I said, ‘oh, you got to be kidding me.' I didn't see that coming at all." Skrove recalled.

The crowd went crazy. And Then they started chanting Jonah's name.

"It was amazing. You never thought those boys would do something like that," commented a classmate. There wasn't a dry eye in the gym.

"Not going to lie. When we crowned him, I was holding back tears," Christopherson admitted.

"You don't think about it until it happens to someone so close to you," Craig Steiskal said.

"It was special, the best way to describe it," said Smith.

"Al of us kind of wanted to make his senior year better than anyone else's senior year and compensate for that time lost," said Christopherson

Zimmerman is a small school known for fighting through adversity when playing bigger schools. And this may have been the school's biggest win of all.

"He's fighting like we do in sports. He's not the biggest person, but he's always there fighting so that's why I say he's the fighting spirit of Zimmerman," said Christopherson.

"You can never expect what people are going to do. You have to give them the benefit of the doubt that they will do something better than you think they will, that they will become something better you would actually would have guessed," concludes Skrove.

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