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  • Shaedon Wedel asked Carlie Wittman, who has Down syndrome, to prom Friday
  • Wedel, 18, is a senior student at Newton High School in Newton, Kansas
  • He knows Wittman through her older brother Carson, who is his best friend 
  • He showed up to her door with flowers and a bag of Doritos, her favorite snack 
  • His shirt read: 'I know I’m NACHO your typical Dorito but… I'm going to be CHEESY and ask: will you go to prom with me?'  

By Cheyenne Roundtree For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:02 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 15:41 EDT, 20 March 2017

A high school senior asked his best friend's little sister with Down syndrome to be his prom date in a heartwarming 'promposal'.

Shaedon Wedel, a senior at Newton High School in Newton, Kansas, asked Carlie Wittman, 15, to attend his last prom with him on Friday.

Although Wittman has Down syndrome, she was just like any other freshman girl and eagerly accepted the offer from her older brother's best friend.

Wedel, 18, showed up to the teenager's doorstep with flowers, Doritos and a shirt that read: 'I know I’m NACHO your typical Dorito but… I'm going to be CHEESY and ask: will you go to prom with me?' 

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High school senior Shaedon Wedel (left) asked his best friend's little sister, 15-year-old Carlie Wittman (right) who has Down syndrome, to be his prom date in a heart-warming moment on Friday. Wedel attends Newton High School in Newton, Kansas High school senior Shaedon Wedel (left) asked his best friend's little sister, 15-year-old Carlie Wittman (right) who has Down syndrome, to be his prom date in a heart-warming moment on Friday. Wedel attends Newton High School in Newton, Kansas

High school senior Shaedon Wedel (left) asked his best friend's little sister, 15-year-old Carlie Wittman (right) who has Down syndrome, to be his prom date in a heart-warming moment on Friday. Wedel attends Newton High School in Newton, Kansas

Wedel, 18, showed up to the teenager's doorstep with flowers, Doritos and a shirt that asked the excited freshman student to go to prom Wedel, 18, showed up to the teenager's doorstep with flowers, Doritos and a shirt that asked the excited freshman student to go to prom
Wedel said people with Down syndrome 'deserve everything that everyone else does too' Wedel said people with Down syndrome 'deserve everything that everyone else does too'

Wedel, 18, showed up to the teenager's doorstep with flowers, Doritos and a shirt that asked the excited freshman student to go to prom. Wedel said people with Down syndrome 'deserve everything that everyone else does too'

As Wittman sees what's unfolding, she excitedly says: 'Oh my gosh, oh my gosh!' 

Doritos are Wittman's favorite snack, something that Wedel knew she would love after knowing her for the past seven years.

He said to KWCH12: 'She's brought nothing but joy to my life. Anyone who's ever around her, she makes them laugh, she always has a smile on her face. She's amazing.'

Speaking of Wittman's Down syndrome, Wedel added: 'They deserve everything that everyone else does too.' 

The shirt read: 'I know I’m NACHO your typical Dorito but… I'm going to be CHEESY and ask: will you go to prom with me?' The shirt read: 'I know I’m NACHO your typical Dorito but… I'm going to be CHEESY and ask: will you go to prom with me?'
The back of Wedel's shirt The back of Wedel's shirt

The shirt read: 'I know I’m NACHO your typical Dorito but… I'm going to be CHEESY and ask: will you go to prom with me?'

He told Yahoo Style the plan was originally for him and Wittman's older brother Carson to take the high school freshman to prom together.

Wedel said: 'My best friend Carson and I were planning to take Carlie to prom together at the beginning of this school year.

'As [Carson] met his girlfriend throughout the year, we decided that I would just be the one to take Carlie.' 

Wedel said he Wittman are planning on going in the same prom group as her older brother and his girlfriend.

He said: 'It will be an absolute blast. I just want her to have the Cinderella princess prom that she has been saying she wants.' 

The sweet 'promposal' was captured and posted online. It has since has gone viral with more than 110,000 retweets and liked more than 480,000 times.

Wedel said of his prom date: 'She's brought nothing but joy to my life. Anyone who's ever around her, she makes them laugh, she always has a smile on her face. She's amazing' Wedel said of his prom date: 'She's brought nothing but joy to my life. Anyone who's ever around her, she makes them laugh, she always has a smile on her face. She's amazing'
Carlie Wittman Carlie Wittman

Wedel said of his prom date: 'She's brought nothing but joy to my life. Anyone who's ever around her, she makes them laugh, she always has a smile on her face. She's amazing'

Wedel has seen a flood of support and said:'I have been receiving direct messages on Twitter for the past couple of days, receiving almost nothing but positive comments.

'Of course, there are the remarks saying I did this for the attention. That did not cross my mind previous to posting or even asking her to prom. 

'I believe the attention will spread the awareness that people with disabilities deserve and need that same attention that others get. I am thankful for all the positivity that has come out of this.'  

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