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10,000 retweets later, Texas teen takes Texans cheerleader to prom
They were headed to prom at the Houston Museum of Natural Science after dinner.
From March until Saturday, the two had tried to go about their lives as normally as possible.
Ramirez worked his shifts at McDonald's, juggling interview requests in between. He hung out at the park with his friends. He tried on tuxedos with his mother, and played with his younger sisters.
Caitlyn continued her university class schedule, while intensifying workouts and hip-hop dance classes ahead of cheerleader tryouts in April. Officially on the team for a second year, she adjusted her schedule to continue teaching tumbling classes while going to practice — and doing media interviews.
Ramirez's mother, meanwhile, tried to get a handle on it all. Cortez opened a Twitter account for the first time to help her son with retweets. Quickly, though, she became more adept. She congratulated the couple, and thanked Caitlyn in 140 characters.
Then she started taking screenshots of Ramirez's Twitter page as the interview requests piled up, telling him who to call and when.
"It's a little overwhelming," she said, wearing a red Project Graduation T-shirt while volunteering at a school fundraiser.
Yet she's excited. Tears well up in her eyes. Her baby, she points out, is graduating.
"In the very beginning to me it was just one of his pranks because that's just who Mike is. He likes to play around and joke around a lot, but I figured if he set his mind to it, it would work out," Cortez said.
Associated Press videojournalist Jill Craig in Houston contributed to this report.
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