Tears flowed freely down Nashaun Mingledolph’s face as the senior was named Grovetown High School’s homecoming queen Friday during halftime.
“I just started crying,” she said. “I’m sure people have it on video.”
The glimmering crown placed on Nashaun’s head by Grovetown’s 2011 queen Erin Plaster complemented her sparkly teal and black dress.
The 17-year-old said she never expected to be crowned queen.
“I didn’t even think I was going to get on court,” she said. “It was just an honor.”
Nashaun, who plays in the school’s band, was escorted by her father, Byron Mingledolph.
She is active in several school activities, including the United Nations Children’s Fund, Grovetown Greens, Warrior Winds, student council and the debate club.
Nashaun hopes to attend Howard University, where she plans to major in astronautics.
During the homecoming ceremony, La’Shika Stevens was named first-runner up and Anna Petito was selected as second-runner up.
Like Nashaun, La’Shika said she also didn’t expect to be chosen for the court, having just moved to the school in February.
La’Shika said Nashaun’s upbeat personality made her a great homecoming queen for the school.
“She makes everybody laugh,” La’Shika said. “She’s just a fun person.”