On a warm night in front of what she called her Augusta Christian family, Sarah Beth McKinney was crowned the school's 2005 homecoming queen on Oct. 22.
"I'm so excited," McKinney said. "I wasn't really expecting to win."
McKinney, a senior wearing a black dress with sequins, was escorted by her father, Rick McKinney.
"(Sarah Beth and I) are best friends," said Larrie Reese, who, along with Katie York, made up the rest of the senior homecoming candidates. "I'm so happy for her. She deserved it. I love her."
Reese, wearing a white dress, was escorted by her father, Larry Reese. York, in royal blue, was escorted by her father, Ron York.
"I wish all three of us could have won," McKinney said. "They're such great girls."
After she was crowned, McKinney was driven around the field in a silver Dodge Viper sports car.
The 11th-grade homecoming representatives were Kerri King, escorted by her father, David King, and Lynlee Satcher, escorted by her father, Buddy Satcher.
The 10th grade was represented by Lauren Edmondson, escorted by her father, Doug Edmonson, and Jennie Freeman, escorted by her father, Bill Freeman.
Freshman representatives were Chelsea Banks, escorted by her father, Tom Banks, and Annie Clifton, escorted by her father, Steve Clifton.
The night's theme was Midnight in Morocco and featured Moroccan backdrops, a duet of the song A Whole New World and a tiger cub.
Augusta Christian also honored the pupils of the high school and middle school who raised $1,267 for Hurricane Katrina relief. Each dollar raised was represented by a link of red or black paper; red for the middle school, black for the high school.
The links stretched the entire length of the home grandstand.
"I am so proud," said Lynn Wilkerson, the director of school activities.
"It's amazing to think the students (raised this much) bringing in their lunch money or their break money," she said.
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