Rebecca Boland was chatting with her father, Edward, just as she might have done on any other night.
The only difference Friday was that she was standing in front of a packed football stadium at Lakeside High School, getting set for the announcement of the 2011 homecoming queen.
"My heart was beating so fast, and I was just talking to my dad," Boland said. "We were just talking about how much fun we were having.
"I really had no idea what was going to happen."
When hers was the name revealed as the winner after so much anticipation, Boland was emotional.
"I wanted to cry," said the 18-year-old, a member of Show Choir, Concert Choir, Relay for Life, Fishers of Men and Buddy Club, among other organizations.
"I wanted to scream, wanted to jump up and down, but I tried to control myself," she added. "I'm very blessed and thankful that I have such a great school."
Among 11 candidates on the homecoming court, Regan Askin was voted as the first runner-up, while Winnie Cheng was voted second runner-up.
Boland said she enjoys being involved in both her school and her community, where she's taken part in missions trips and helping at local soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
In the future, she'd like to help out the next generation as an elementary school music teacher.
For Askin, representing Lakeside was "such an honor."
"It was very fun for all of us girls to bond together," the 17-year-old said. "It was an awesome experience going through this week. There was something fun to do every day."
For Cheng, 17, just being on the court was "a new experience."
"I'm not usually a part of the popular girls; I'm a band geek," said Cheng, who plays bass drum in the school band. "So it's always nice to be part of something like this."