As Augusta Preparatory Day School announced its inaugural homecoming court Oct.1, the school's first homecoming queen was nowhere to be found.
As it turned out, senior Jamie Alexander had unfinished business on the soccer field.
"I missed it, and I wish I could've been there," she said of the ceremony at halftime of the high school football team's 35-7 homecoming win over Bethlehem Christian.
"But it's good to be able to represent Prep well (outside of school), and also the soccer aspect of things because most people know that's a big part of my life."
Alexander, a four-time Georgia Independent School Association All-State player who scored an astounding 46 goals in just 17 games as a junior, plays travel soccer with Carolina Elite Soccer Academy in Greenville, S.C. She was attending a tournament Saturday.
Alexander has committed to play college soccer at Furman University in Greenville. She also plays volleyball and basketball at Prep and is a member of the Student Council.
"I mainly think of the underclassmen ... and how it's important to be a role model for them," she said of being chosen by the student body. "That's kind of the job description of what I should be doing: being a leader."
Though Augusta Prep recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, the student body had never voted on a homecoming court until this school year. The court was comprised of a senior girl (queen) and boy (king) and a junior girl (princess) and boy (prince).
Joining Alexander among seniors up for the honor was Maggie McLeod, senior class president and member of the cross country and track teams.
Megan Fechter was crowned as the homecoming princess. She was joined in the court by fellow juniors Amanda Murphy and Katie Murphy.
Fechter said the idea of being the first one was "remarkable," especially considering how tight-knit the Augusta Prep community is.
"It's cool because now we have a new tradition to start," said Fechter, the junior class secretary and member of band, cross country and Green Club.
"Being the first of many to come is a really cool feeling," she added. "I'm so honored to have been chosen."
Miles Wearing was voted homecoming king, while Ben Burnside was voted homecoming prince. Both are members of the Cavaliers football team.