Many young ladies dream of being elected to their high school’s Senior Homecoming Court. For Susannah Davis of Southeast Bulloch High School, not only was she elected homecoming queen, but she received an invitation to compete for America’s Homecoming National Queen.
The America's Homecoming Queen Inc. group holds an annual educational scholarship competition for high school seniors around the nation.
Davis said that in order to be considered, “You had to have real good grades, have been involved in sports and other extra-curricular activities, and have specific college and career goals.” She filled out the forms and sent them in, but she didn’t know what to expect.
Dr. Trey Robertson, principal at SEB, liked Davis’ chances right away.
"Susannah is one of those students that everybody likes,” he said. “She's a sweet, well-mannered, very intelligent young woman who always has a smile on her face. It's obvious that this young lady is enjoying her life."
And soon after she entered, Davis found out she was selected as one of several girls to represent Georgia during half-time ceremonies at the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl football game in Memphis, Tenn.
The invitation alone would have been great, but when she found out the University of Georgia was playing in the game, her whole family went crazy.
Not only are the Davis’ die-hard Bulldog fans, but Davis had just applied for admission to Georgia. So, on Dec. 28, Davis and her mom Wendi headed to Birmingham to stay overnight with her sister. The next afternoon they arrived at the Memphis Downtown Marriott, and attended the welcome banquet that night.
Davis was one of two Georgia seniors out of 107 Homecoming Queens from around the nation to attend the game.
One of her duties in Memphis was to go to the Danny Thomas St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. After speaking with some of the families whose children are being treated at St. Jude’s, the queens were divided into smaller groups and toured the facility.
Then, they headed off to parade floats, which were lined up for the annual Liberty Bowl Parade down Beale Street in downtown Memphis. Once the parade started, Davis said that “many of the girls began telling me that they wished that they were from Georgia too, what with all the Bulldog fans clapping and waving at me.”
After the parade was over, both Davis headed over to the pep rally, which she said turned out to be more like a “Battle of the Bands,” with the UGA Redcoat Band and the Central Florida band trying to outplay each other. A member of the award-winning Swarm Marching Band from SEB herself, Davis said she thoroughly enjoyed the event.
On game day, the group of 107 queens practiced on the field and then they were taken to the pre-game buffet. After the meal, they all put on their white gowns and sashes and marched onto the field to their seats on the front sidelines.
The O’Jays, a classic rhythm and blues group from the 1970s, was the main halftime entertainment. Their second song was their hit “Love Train,” to which "many of the girls all of a sudden formed a “Conga Line” and began dancing around the field," Davis said. “Everybody from the fans to the players were having a ball"
Davis said that there will be a state competition in May, and the winners of that competition will go onto the national competition. The state and national winners will be awarded scholarships to the college they attend, so Davis has hopes that she may pick up another scholarship to help pay her tuition at UGA.