Erin Plaster never got the impression that the students walking the halls at Grovetown High School noticed her.
Plaster learned otherwise Friday.
The senior was crowned the school's homecoming queen Friday night at halftime of the football team's victory over Westside.
"I was shaking," Plaster said. "I was afraid if they told me to walk, I was going to fall."
Plaster was one of 10 candidates for the honor, lining up alongside fellow members of the homecoming court while waiting for the announcement over the loudspeaker.
Jessica Yates was the first runner-up, while Felicia Brunner was voted as second runner-up.
Plaster is a member of the varsity softball team, Skills USA and the Glee Club. However, she said her role as vice president of the Buddy Club trumped them all.
"That's my No. 1," she said of the club that pairs special-needs students with a buddy at school. "It taught me a lot."
The Buddy Club experience, Plaster said, might even lead to a career teaching special education. She plans to go to college and major in business while minoring in special education. Then, she plans to attend cosmetology school.
Meanwhile, Yates used her time in the halftime spotlight to urge her fellow students to get involved, something each of the homecoming nominees has done during her high school career.
"I feel like all of our students should at least be in some kind of student activity," said Yates, a football and basketball cheerleader and member of Student Council.
"I think we should all represent our school in a positive light."
For Brunner, a member of the soccer and swim teams and Health Occupations Students of America, the experience was a memorable one.
"It's kind of like feeling like a princess," she said. "It's everything every little girl dreams of, having tons of people just looking at her walking down."