Brittany Walters made a promise to her mom on the day she departed from can-cer. The promise was: Brittany and her father would go to homecoming, where the high school senior was nominated for queen. Her mother, named A.J. Walters was an administrator at Mississippi’s Forrest County Agricultural High School. She never failed to attend anything which was related to her while she was growing up.
Be it award assemblies or games and sports she was always up there cheering and supporting her. Her mother didn’t want her to miss any of her life’s big moments Walters said.
Walters aimed to become a nurse but unfortunately, she didn’t win homecoming queen that night, however, gratitude to an act of kindness that has lightened a healing bulb on a gloomy family and neighborhood, she finished off the night in a crown. In late September Senior Nyla Covington was voted homecoming queen by the students at a school football game. Although, after winning the crown she felt the need to give her crown to someone else.
Senior Nyla Covington after seeking permission from school officials made her way to Walters, who was standing beside her cowboy hat-clad father, and put the crown on her. Covington said, “I just felt like it was something that was put on my heart.” She added, “It was really just for her, to bring up her day a little bit, and 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.”
Walters said she was imagining her mother, the “school mother” to so many who were both standing beside them and staring back at them from the stands when Covington’s kind act detected her by surprise. Walters said about Covington, “I just felt so much love from her, and I just felt so much love for her and the whole school.” She shared “As soon as I got off the field, I just got hundreds of hugs from every single person in the stands.”
According to CNN, Forrest County AHS School’s principal Will Wheat said, “he is proud of the young women.” Wheat said, “That wasn’t preplanned, this was all on the kids, that’s the beautiful thing about it.” He further added, “We are elated and we are so thrilled over their actions and how it represents the school.” Both of them were friends before homecoming, they were volunteering with each other at different school functions, however, we can say that since that event they have become even closer. As a suggestion of the moment, she said, “Walters has the crown, which I would like her to keep.” Covington said, “It’s just something materialistic, but we put meaning to it so that’s why I want her to keep it.”
Brittany’s dad, Sean Walters said, ” Their family is handling their so-rrow “day by day.” “Just knowing that there’s people out there that care about this story and knowing that, not directly, but maybe indirectly, maybe my life is helping reach a lot of people, and just part of this story is continuing [A.J.], I guess the way that she lived her life,” Sean Walter said. He also thanked Nyla’s parents at homecoming, naming them “wonderful people.” He said, “They have done a wonderful job raising their kids. That’s what I told them. I said ‘it shows how much and how great a job you’ve done right here. Just the simplest act that she did.”
Last Saturday, the Walters held A.J.Walters’s fu-neral. Her path was carried the similar night as a school football game. Many people from school showed up. For Brittany Walters, the homecoming night was heavy in so many manners. A.J.Walters was loved by my heart at the school and seeing their sadness on their faces was very difficult to manage between her own. But the way night changed, from a heartfelt act Brittany will never forget to the support they faced all night, was in keeping with her mother’s spirit. She says, “I kind of feel like this is her way of continuing to help people because people seeing Nyla doing that will want to make them do something nice.” She said, “That’s exactly what she’d want to happen.”