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Carly Rose Sonenclar visits Special Olympics athlete

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Teen singing sensation Carly Rose Sonenclar wowed the judges and lit up the stage on the second season of "The X-Factor." The young runner-up became a huge fan favorite.

Among her biggest fans is Special Olympics athlete Maggie Guggiari of West Milford, New Jersey. After Maggie's teacher wrote a touching letter to Carly's dad, the singer made a surprise visit to Maggie's after-school practice.

"Maggie loves Carly Rose," said Kristie Masone, Maggie's teacher. "Every day in class, if she's doing the right thing and if she's having good behavior, she actually earns Carly Rose as a reward, so this was like the ultimate reward for her."

Bob Sonenclar, Carly's dad, said: "We always try to teach Carly to give back, and this was an opportunity that we could not pass up."

"It means so much to Carly, too, to be able to have a relationship like this with someone and that's really what it's all about," said Terri Sonenclar, Carly's mom.

"This is really exciting for me," Carly said. "I got to meet some really great people and Maggie who is the reason why I came here was incredible and so sweet and so hardworking and very good at what she does."

"This is one of the most exciting things that's ever happened in her life, and we totally appreciate Carly coming and spending the time with us and sharing in the Special Olympics," said Peggy Guggiari, Maggie's mom.

And they may be gearing up for the USA Games in New Jersey this June, but this practice is one Maggie and her teammates will not soon forget.

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