The second half of Friday night's football game was even better for the Thomson High Bulldogs than their first half. And it was no different for their new homecoming queen, Carmen Anderson. During the first part of the half-time ceremony, when the runners-up were being announced, Carmen said her heart started beating fast.
"I was thinking 'Oh no, I haven't even placed,'" she said. "And now, I can't stop smiling. It's crazy."
Carmen was escorted by her older brother, Devin, who is a 2004 graduate of THS, and currently working as an electrician.
"I am just proud of her," he said during the third quarter from his coveted seat on the field of the Brickyard.
The daughter of Gary and Robbie Anderson, Carmen has been involved in numerous clubs and two drama productions at THS. She has also served as a volunteer for Relay For Life and the Old Frontier Christian Camp.
The homecoming court members each had a symbol of nature to identify with for their speeches given before the student body during homecoming week festivities. Carmen's symbol was a star.
"I really do feel like a star," she said with a big smile after the coronation. "That's funny that it tied in perfect."
Carmen was crowned by 2006 queen Ci'Andrea Ivery, who was escorted by Principal Rudy Falana. In the queen's court, first runner up was Brittney Brinkley, second runner up was LaQuita Fort, third runner up was Casey Brooks and fourth runner up went to Destiny Van.
"It was an honor to be picked on the court. And then to actually place was great," Casey said.
The other candidates were Na'Jellica Burnett, Taylor Marlor, Charise Reese, Charitie Tillery and Ashley Turman.
Homecoming week was filled with activities at the school, including T-shirt design, door decorating, chant, dance and game attendance contests; a community pep rally in the Brickyard Thursday night, a homecoming dance Saturday night, and a Powder Puff football game Tuesday of this week. The sophomore class was the over all spirit week winners.
"I am happy to get it over with and to go back to a normal life," Destiny said. "But mostly I feel honored to have been part of the court. It was exciting."