Friday night’s football game at North Augusta High School was a memorable one for the team, and for Ashton Norris, who was named the 2012 Homecoming Queen.
Ahead 13-0 against White Knoll at half time, the crowd’s excitement continued as the homecoming court was announced. It was Ashton’s first pageant experience and a family tradition.
The 17-year-old said her sister was first runner-up in 2009 and she’s had cousins participate in the past. She was crowned homecoming queen by her best friend, Chrisla Wooden, who was the 2011 Homecoming Queen.
“I was really shocked. I was like ‘What!’” Ashton said. “I’m just really happy right now. This is just really good.”
First runner-up went to Taylor Griffin, 17, who said she is overwhelmed that the school chose her to represent them in the homecoming court.
Senior girls who wanted to participate filled out an application form and teachers had to nominate 35 girls, said Taylor. The senior class then narrowed it down to 15 girls and then the whole school voted for their top three favorites.
“It was just a pleasure” to participate, Taylor said. “I am glad I could come out here.”
Contestants were required to have a 3.0 GPA or higher with no discipline records, and their extracurricular activities were considered, said Ashton.
Following half time, North Augusta kept its momentum for a 33-0 victory, ending White Knoll’s six-game winning streak.
The Yellow Jackets are 6-2 overall and 2-0 in Region 5-AAAA. The Yellow Jackets’ next game is at South Aiken at 7:30 p.m. Friday.