Essence Gant, 17, jumped up and down Friday night at Evans High School's stadium as her name was announced as the 2004-05 homecoming queen.
Essence Gant (center) was named Evans High School's homecoming queen. Jennifer Frady (right) was first runner-up, and Kayla Bourne was second runner-up.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
"Pinch me; I can't believe it!" said the enthusiastic winner, who was escorted by her father, Pastor Daniel Gant. "I'm just a real dramatic person. It was kind of really unexpected. I'm really happy and overwhelmed.''
Essence is a member of the Interact Club, president of Future Business Leaders of America and secretary for the Senior Student Council.
First runner-up Jennifer Frady, 17, said she was "lost for words" when she heard her name called.
"I'm awestruck," said the Senior Student Council member, who was escorted by her father, Jerry Dossett. "I was nervous being (out in the field) with the whole school watching me. It's a surreal experience."
Homecoming court candidate Kayla Bourne, 17, said she was elated.
"I'm so excited," said the second runner-up, who was escorted by her father, Chris. "It was so exciting being on the court. I was surprised when they called my name."
The other homecoming candidates were: Amanda Knight, escorted by her brother, Andrew; Jennifer Matosian, escorted by her father, Joe; Briana Moody, escorted by her father, Ron; Lindsey Page, escorted by her father, Forrest; Elizabeth Register, escorted by her father, Randy; Bailie Simmons, escorted by her father, Jim; and Nicole Thomas, escorted by her father, Leo.
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