“It was kind of like a realization that people are accepting and it doesn’t really matter to them. So it was a good feeling,” Cody says.
Cody graduates Saturday and will head to college in New York City where she will study performing arts.
Cody’s family is proud of her accomplishment, especially Cody’s little sister Caylin.
“I’ve learned not to care what people think of me. Just because they want to judge me doesn’t mean that they can bring me down,” the 7th grader said.
It is a message Cody hopes gets to other transgender teens.
“I want people to understand that you might be in a bad situation, but there’s going to be a point where you can look how you want and express yourself.”
And Cody is proof that being yourself might even win you the crown.