NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - "KONY!" "KONY!" "KONY!"
These are the cheers that filled the air on Friday afternoon before the Super Bowl at New Madrid County Central's high school.
Decked out in Carolina blue, carrying signs and showing their pride, the entire student bodies of the middle school and high school came out to show support for their very own Kony Ealy, who will play in the Super Bowl with his team, the Carolina Panthers.
"It just means so much to us that he shares his dream with the students," Melissa Haas, his former teacher, said. "It lets them know that they can achieve their dreams too."
Middle school principal Thomas Drummond is also proud of the man that Ealy has become and what he means to this community.
"It's just a joy, to watch how he blossomed, coming through sixth, seventh and eighth grade at the middle school and young man that he's grown into," he said.
The administrators took a picture and a drone video of the schools showing their support for Ealy, and you can bet everyone in New Madrid will be rooting for a Carolina win come Sunday.