Two severe weather delays Friday during Greenbrier High School's homecoming game with Effingham County High couldn't stop the inevitable for Kelly Fitzgerald.
After an hour's worth of delays and an evacuation of the stadium, the senior was crowned Homecoming Queen 2007. Because of the weather, she was crowned in the school's gymnasium shortly before halftime during the second delay.
Kelly said the weather delays only added to her feeling of anticipation for the ceremony.
"I think it made it much more exciting to find out what happens. You had to wait for it," she said. "It's an honor to win something like this, because I know I'll remember it forever."
Her father and escort for the evening, Joe Fitzgerald, said he was proud to see his daughter crowned.
"She's just been a joy, never in a lick of trouble. She's just a real good girl," he said.
Kelly is a member of Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Impact Club, Student Council and Health Occupation Students of America.
She plans to attend Georgia Southern University or Kennesaw State University and major in pre-medicine.
Runner-up for homecoming queen was senior Sydney Sutter, who was escorted by her father Leon Sutter. Sydney, a drill team commander for Greenbrier's Navy JROTC program and opinions editor for the school newspaper, plans to attend an art school to get a degree in graphic design.
Second runner-up was senior Mary Kate Lollar, who was escorted by her father Robert Lollar. Mary Kate, a varsity soccer player and member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Beta Club, plans to attend Georgia College and Sate University and ultimately become a dentist.
Rounding out Greenbrier's 2007 Homecoming Court are: Genessa Choice, Michele Dross, Marjorie Floyd, Jachael Holmes, Laura Reeder, Leeanne Smith and Lauren Wood.
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