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WEST BRANCH, Mich. -- A Michigan community is trying to make things right after a 16-year-old girl was named to a high school homecoming court as part of an apparent prank.

Whitney Kropp tells WNEM-TV she felt betrayed after some of her classmates at West Branch's Ogemaw Heights High School suggested her selection was a joke.

As word spread, however, community members rallied behind the sophomore.

She's expected appear at Friday's homecoming football game. And The Detroit News reports businesses will buy her dinner, take her photo, fix her hair and nails, and dress her in a gown, shoes and a tiara for Saturday's dance.

Whitney's mother Bernice Kropp says the support has helped make a bad situation right in the community about 140 miles northwest of Detroit.