Senior Myah Bishop, a three-sport athlete who is also involved with school activities that include the student council and the Spanish Club, was crowned Dalton High School's 2019 Homecoming queen Monday morning.
Steve Bartoo, the high school's principal, did the official honors, presenting Bishop with a sash, flowers and the coveted tiara.
"I did not expect this at all," said Bishop, who was the junior class princess last year when Ana Thomas was voted DHS Homecoming queen. "I'm so thankful for everybody."
Bishop, who plays volleyball, basketball and soccer, is "always saying 'Hey' to everybody and being nice," she said. "I care about and love everybody."
Her favorite school activity is student council, she said. "You get to hear from everyone in the entire senior class."
This week, Bishop is looking forward to helping her class defeat all others in the school spirit competition, which includes lunch-time games and hallway decorating.
"We need to beat the juniors," she said. "They are our biggest competition."
She's also looking forward to the next time she can wear the pink dress she wore during Monday's ceremony.
"We ordered it last minute, but I really love it," she said. "It's my favorite dress."
The other members of this year's Homecoming court are Alexes Cervantes, freshman representative; Eva Amaro, sophomore representative; Andrea Magana, junior representative; and Aracely Zamudio, senior representative.
Monday's coronation was the first event of Homecoming week, and this year's Homecoming theme is "Born to be a Catamount," after Dalton High School's nickname for its athletic teams, according to Pat Holloway, chief of staff for Dalton Public Schools. In addition to dance contests, daily costumes and float decorating, DHS students from each grade will compete this week to bring in the most canned food to donate to a food bank.
Both DHS and Morris Innovative High School will dismiss at noon on Friday to allow time for preparation for the Homecoming parade through Dalton that begins at 4 p.m., and the Dalton Education Foundation will hold its annual "Paint the Town Red" Tailgate Party at the Creative Arts Guild beginning at 4:30 p.m., according to Holloway. DHS supporters are invited to join the free event and enjoy snacks and beverages that will be available for purchase.
At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dalton High School's football team will look to move to 6-1 on the season when it hosts South Cobb High School.
This week's Homecoming festivities will conclude on Saturday with a dance at DHS from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.