A roar rose from the crowded Lakeside High School stadium Friday when Paige Lutes was announced as the school's 2007-2008 Homecoming Queen on the school's 20-year anniversary.
"I thought it wasn't real," 17-year-old Lutes said while surrounded by a joyous group of celebrating family and friends.
Lutes, dressed in a full-length lavender sequined gown, was escorted by her father, Jason.
"She's enjoyed it," said Lutes' father, donning a matching lavender vest and tie. "She's had so much fun with everybody."
Lutes, a Lakeside High senior, is active in school as president of the Show Choir and Buddy Club.
She also is a Bible study leader of Fishers of Men, volunteers with LOTS Ministries and is active in Stevens Creek Community Church.
"Paige is great," first runner-up Linda Yi said.
Yi said she admires Lutes for dedicating her life to serving others at such a young age. "She is so amazing."
Last year's homecoming queen, Morgan Pawl, presented Lutes with a tiara and roses before she headed to the sidelines to pose for photos alongside cheering family and friends.
"I know that God has blessed me and my family," Lutes said.
Other members of the Homecoming Court are: first runner-up Linda Yi, escorted by her father, Niande; second runner-up Daley Grumman, escorted by her father, Steve; Stephanie Elam, escorted by her father, Warren; Colleen Gaughan, escorted by her father, Tom; Kaitlyn King, escorted by her father, Steve; Stephanie Metcalf, escorted by her father, Mark Hartz; Shaneece Moore, escorted by her father, Doug; Emily Pepin, escorted by her father, Edward; and Kelsey Rucker, escorted by her father, Dennis.
Friday morning, Lakeside students celebrated the school's 20th anniversary by lining the parking lot for the school's annual homecoming parade. Honored alumni included 2007 World Champion shot putter Reese Hoffa, a 1997 graduate who also served as a marshal.
Lakeside High principal Jeff Carney said the pupils were thrilled to see Hoffa, who also led the football team on the field to face Wayne County.
"It's been an awesome homecoming," Carney said.
Senior Cray Carter rated this year's Homecoming a "10."
When asked what he would miss from high school, Cray said, "I'm going to miss everything."
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