On a brightly lit stage in front of 400 shrieking and clapping teenagers, Moffat County High School senior Kelsey Grinstead didn't hear her named called as the 2009 homecoming queen.
"I didn't even know they called me," she said. "I didn't know until I saw my friends just screaming and my mom pointing at me."
The homecoming king, Matt Herschberg, sidled up to her on stage and took her arm as flashbulbs went off.
"You're shaking," he said to her quietly.
But once the tiara was on her head and attendants gathered around to arrange her sash and hand her flowers, Grinstead breathed a sigh of relief.
"I was so nervous," she said. "I have really bad stage fright. But it felt really good. I've never even been nominated before."
On Thursday, Herschberg and Grinstead were crowned 2009 homecoming king and queen in a coronation ceremony in the MCHS auditorium.
Twenty-six nominees were dressed-up, waiting patiently to be called on stage and hopefully hear their name called as one of the eight attendants.
A boy and a girl from each grade were chosen as attendants to ride in convertibles during the parade, and the king and queen were chosen from among the senior nominees.
Neither Grinstead nor Herschberg had been nominated in their four years of high school, so the fact the student body voted for them was surprising and humbling, they said.
Herschberg said he couldn't figure out why the student body voted for him.
"I have no clue why, but I guess I won, apparently," Herschberg said as he quickly changed back into a T-shirt and jeans for third-period class. "It's awesome. Homecoming king as a senior? That feels good."
Herschberg said he is going to take it upon himself to get everyone pumped up during the homecoming parade and beyond.
Herschberg makes homemade T-shirts of his own design, and said he made several "crazy Bulldog" shirts for today's parade, pep rally and football game.
Grinstead said it's her job to look pretty, smile and wave.
"And I'll bring blankets," she said. "Lots of blankets and an umbrella."
Student council president Slade Gurr, who manned the microphone during the ceremony, was often competing with the loud and rowdy Bulldog crowd who cheered on their friends at the top of their lungs.
"Once they get started, it's kind of hard to quiet them down," Gurr said. "But it's good they have that kind of energy for what we're doing."
He said he was also impressed that the king and queen were newcomers to the annual election.
"It's really great, and it shows that these people really made an impression on their peers," he said.