Screams echoed in the air Friday night at Greenbrier High School's stadium as Rachel Gamble was named the school's 2004-05 homecoming queen.
Greenbrier High School's Rachel Gamble (left) poses for photos with 2003's homecoming queen, Nikki Gray, after being named homecoming queen for 2004 during halftime at the Greenbrier football game in Evans.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"It was a surprise when they called my name," said the senior, who was escorted by her father, Dr. William Gamble.
"I felt like I had a 50 to 50 chance. There are a lot of great girls (on the court), a lot of great friends. I was hoping I would win," she said.
As an active member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, the French Club, Greenbrier's Alpha 9 yearbook staff and an officer in Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Gamble said she always dreamed of becoming a queen.
First runner-up Becky Paris said she was "totally shocked" when she heard her name called.
"I wasn't expecting this," said the National Honor Society member and honorary thespian, who was escorted by her father, Tom Paris.
Homecoming court candidate Nicole Watkins said she was happy with the outcome.
"It was very close," said the second runner-up, who was escorted by her father, Dr. Ralph C. Watkins.
''I walk away with pride. I'll never forget this," she said.
The other homecoming candidates were: Kristen Glover, escorted by her father, Dean Glover; Caroline Kenrick, escorted by her father, Greg Kenrick; Kristen Motlow, escorted by her father, Parks Motlow; Elizabeth O'Rourke, escorted by her father, Michael O' Rourke; Erin Pippin, escorted by her father, Byron Pippin; DeMille Riles, escorted by her father, Dwight Riles; and Lindsey Wilson, escorted by her father, Jeff Wilson.
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