By GWEN SISSON
Shawna Brownlee said being named West Oktibbeha County High School’s 2011-12 Homecoming Queen is an opportunity of a lifetime and one she will never forget.
“I feel so honored that everyone voted for me,” Brownlee said. “I had hoped I had a chance because I take school seriously.”
Brownlee was crowned Friday night as part of a week-long celebration of homecoming at West Oktibbeha County High School. The halftime homecoming celebration featured homecoming maids from each grade from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in a special presentation, followed by the announcement and crowning of the queen.
WOCHS principal Leonardo Thompson said Brownlee is an excellent representative of the school.
“She brings a lot of energy to our school,” Thompson said. “She is a good student and very well behaved; she has good manners; she cares about the school. The younger students look up to her, and she is well respected by her teachers. She has all of the characteristics to be successful now and in the future.”
Thompson said not only does Brownlee participate in all of the programs available at WOCHS, she is also very active in the community.
Brownlee attends Good Hope M.B. Church where she is a member of the Youth Choir.
Brownlee is the daughter of Latoria Bell. She said her mother is her role model and has had the biggest influence on life.
“She means everything to me,” Brownlee said.
After graduation from WOCHS, Brownlee has plans to attend nursing school.
Brownlee’s escort for the event was Cameron Yarborugh.
Other members of the 2011-12 West Oktibbeha County High School Homecoming Court included seventh grade maids, Antwanique Bell and Lynnzie Dean; eighth grade maids, Troydesha Ellis and Adasia Kincaid; ninth grade maids, Moesha McCarter and Jona Wordlaw; 10th grade maids, Donnasha Hubbard and Cache’ Jones; 11th grade maids, Jacamria Gunn and Arneshia Coffey; and senior maids, Phonecia Evans, Brittany Jones and Heather Lucas.
Elementary homecoming maids and their escorts included pre-kintergarden, Jariyah Lowe and Simon Real; kindergarten, Jamecia Robinson and Hunter Dunn; first grade, Shantell Brownlee and Justin McCool; second grade, Zyria Ellis and Zykerius Ford; third grade, Alexus Johnson and Jermichael Ickon; fourth grade, Olivia Wofford and Donald Lee; fifth grade, Destiny Rutledge and Zyrique Ellis; and sixth grade, Olacia Cattlege and Zeontay Cannon.