Emily Bordon's face reflected her excitement at hearing her name announced as the Lakeside High School homecoming queen.
In that emotional moment, the senior class vice president and member of the competitive cheerleading squad remembered the responsibilities that come with wearing the crown.
"I think you need to be a great role model because you need to set a good example for everyone," the beaming Bordon said. "I try my best to maintain a good leadership role. Especially the younger girls that are in ninth grade, they're going to look up to the homecoming queen. So you have to be a good role model for them."
The announcement came over the loudspeakers during halftime of Friday night's homecoming football game against Statesboro. Bordon, escorted by her father, Paul Bordon, was a natural fit for the honor after being voted as "Best All-Around" by her fellow members of the senior class. She was one of 10 seniors named to the homecoming court.
"This is voted on by the senior class, and it's just a great honor for me to know that people respect me enough to pick me as their homecoming queen," she said. "I appreciate it so much."
Joanna Zhang, escorted by her father, Chuanlun Zhang, was named first runner-up in the voting, which took place Friday morning. The second runner-up was Lamees Aisami, escorted by her father, Riad Aisami.
"I don't think it has really hit me yet," Joanna Zhang, the president of the National Honor Society and Interact, said of the honor. "I'm really glad the other girls won. They really deserve it as well. I'm really happy for them."
Lamees Aisami said she and Bordon have been in school together since first grade, when they attended Stevens Creek Elementary School. She said Bordon hasn't changed a bit.
"She's just always been as sweet as she is now," Aisami said.
Bordon plans to attend the University of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia.
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