The senior year of high school is full of many exciting moments, but Ci'Andrea Jena' Ivery reached her pinnacle last Friday night when she became the 2006 Thomson High School Homecoming Queen.
"It was the best time of my life," Miss Ivery said after the coronation. "And I want to thank all the people who voted for me."
Calvin Ivery said all of his daughter's peers "look up to her, and she is well known in the community. She never gave me any problems in 12 years of school. Not many parents can say that."
The proud father also shared his daughter's sentiments on the excitement of the evening.
"It made my day just to escort her down the line," Mr. Ivery said. "Whether she won or not, it didn't matter to me; I'm still proud of her. She's a real nice kid."
Miss Ivery is the daughter of Calvin and Gloria Ivery and an active member of Springfield Baptist Church. She plans to attend Spelman College and major in biology.
The other nine candidates were Mary Beth Blasingame, Ashley Crawley, Annie Pearl Crawford, Lauren Foster, Kaitlin McNeal, Ashlie Inglett, Lindsey Murphey, Bryanna Pilgrim and Sara Thigpen.
Hope Harrison came from Georgia Southern University for her final walk as 2005 THS Homecoming Queen. She was escorted by Principal Rudy Falana.
The queen's court included Miss Pilgrim as fourth runner up, Miss Thigpen as third runner up, Miss Inglett as second runner up, and Miss McNeal as first runner up.
"It was a whole lot of fun. I don't regret any of it. I wouldn't change any of it," Miss Thigpen said, adding that the entire week had been fun, "especially the photo shoots.
"I got to spend a lot of time with all the girls, it was a good bonding time," Miss Thigpen said.
Homecoming week was busy at the high school with food drive contests and a community-wide pep rally which included a class chant competition and ended with the game attendance contest. The 2006 Spirit Week winners, also announced during half-time at the game, were sophomores for fourth place, juniors for third place, seniors for second place and freshman for first place.