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Updated: 10/25/2013 11:18 am
BRUCE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Homecoming is always a special time for schools across the country but this year's homecoming is very special for Bruce High School Senior, Alex Box.

"I either want to be a youth minister or a substitute teacher," said Alex.

Alex is a busy high school senior, with big goals.

The Bruce High School honor roll student has been involved in drama club, interact club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and just happens to have a rare genetic disorder.

"There are some things that the kids can do that I can't," said Alex.

Alex was diagnosed with Sotos Syndrome or Cerebral Gigantism at the age of five, but mom Tracy Box says she's never allowed it to hinder her.

"Oh no, she is very determined," said Box.

Determined and some what defiant when faced with obstacles that stand in her way.

"Some days I'm just like whatever I'll try anyway," said Alex.

Despite all the challenges, classmates and teachers agree Alex faces everyday with a positive attitude.

"Alex always had a smile on her face everyday she came into class. She is always happy and she made the whole classroom happy," Allan Clarke, one of Alex's former teachers.

This school year Alex got a surprise that she describes as the highlight of her high school career.

"I nearly fainted," said Alex.

She was nominated by a group of her peers, for the Senior Homecoming court.

"I was really excited because I looked at the ballot and I was like I know Alex has to be on here and she was on there and I got everyone in the class to try and vote for her," said Tankea Ujah Shorter, a fellow classmate.

But Alex says this journey is about more than just winning the crown for her, offering a bit of advice to other students who face obstacles of their own.

"I would say just keep trying don't give up and just keep doing what you can't do," said Alex.
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