Brittany Walters’ mom passed away from cancer on the day of the homecoming game at Mississippi's Forrest County Agricultural High School. Her Mom made her promise that she would go no matter what happened to her because she had a special feeling that Brittany needed to be there. Brittany was nominated for Homecoming queen. Brittany dragged herself to the Homecoming game and stood there thinking about her Mom when they read that the winner was Nyla Covington. She politely clapped for Nyla and walked off wondering what her mom had been feeling.
The new queen walked over to Brittany, who was now standing on the field beside her father, and put the crown on her. It wasn’t preplanned, it was just something she felt moved to do in the moment.
Nyla says; “It was really just to bring up her day a little bit, and of course I know that she’d rather have her mom than a crown, but the point was, I was telling her that she was her mom’s queen and I was just letting her know that she was loved by many and especially me. Sure I wanted that crown but I'd rather have my friend know that she is loved by her friends. Now for the rest of her life she will remember that every time she looks at the crown".
Brittany says "nothing can replace my mom but her final advice to me was so right. I have wonderful friends and this will be a night I never forget thanks to Nyla and my momma."