The nomination to the Evans High School Homecoming Court was a surprise to Ashley Fischer. And she certainly didn't think she'd win.
On Friday, though, it was the 17-year-old's name that was called as the school's 2011 Homecoming Queen.
"I was surprised," Fischer said, adding she didn't expect the nomination because she tends to stick to her own circle of friends. "I really am excited. But I'm glad I got to experience this with my friends."
Fellow cross country team member Taylor Stubblefield, 17, was named second runner-up.
"It was so exciting. Every day was fun," Stubblefield said of the Homecoming Week experience, adding that Fischer deserves the crown. "(She) is probably the hardest-working person."
Fischer is on the cross country and varsity soccer teams. She's president of the Spanish Honors Society and a member of the Foreign Language Alliance of Rapport, Interact, Beta Club, Student Council, Math Honors Society, Science Club and Future Georgia Educators.
First runner-up Patricia Hernandez, 18, agreed that Fischer was a fitting Home- coming Queen. But she also really enjoyed being a member of the Homecoming Court.
"She deserves it so much," Hernandez said. "It was such an honor being on Homecoming Court. ... It was a bonding experience for everyone."