Although it was his first time to escort a queen, he didn't think it will be his last. Wayne Wilson said he was "very proud" that his daughter, Hannah, was crowned Thomson High School's homecoming queen during halftime of last Friday night's football game.
"But she's one of six daughters, so I'll probably be doing this a few more times," he said.
For Hannah, it was an unexpected pleasure.
"Anybody could've won," she said.
And that's what made this year's homecoming court different than the others, according to organizer Jennifer Hubert. There were 27 girls who met the criteria and applied to be one of the candidates. To qualify, girls must have an academic grade point average of 80 and few or zero disciplinary actions.
"It was amazing that we had that many meet the criteria and who wanted to be a part of it," Mrs. Hubert said. "It's the most we've had in at least 10 years. Last year, we had 19."
The senior class narrowed the 27 choices down to 10, and the entire student body voted on who they wanted for queen.
Londen Cobb was first runner up on the queen's court, Shannon Chalker was second runner up, Tayonna Evans was third runner up, and Adrian Campbell was fourth runner up.
Other candidates who made up the Top 10 were: Lindsey Finuf, Gabrielle Glenn, Te'Quayla Rayford, DeAngela Reese and Ebony Sims.
"It's been a fun week. I managed to stay drama-free," Hannah said. "The pep rally was really awesome because we acted like a school instead of hating each other. We were pulling for each other."
The common bond could be attributed to the lack of competition. The usual homecoming week contests between the grades did not take place this year, according to coordinator Beverly Guy. Mrs. Guy said there wasn't enough time for the contests because students district-wide were dismissed early Thursday and there was no school at all on Friday. "It was a really short week. But, it was a good week," Mrs. Guy said.
Although some contests and activities were cut short, the students still enjoyed dress-up days that included camouflage day, twin day, favorite team day and black and gold day. The bonfire was held Thursday night.
Hannah was crowned by 2009-2010 homecoming queen Emily Usry.
"It's sad, but exciting to see someone else get to experience what I got to experience," she said.
Miss Usry said she came back to Thomson from Statesboro, where she is attending dentistry school.
"I'm making really good grades, and I love living off by myself," she said. "It's working out really well."