Q: How did you feel when they announced you king?
A: “I almost fainted, and I did not know I was going to [win]. When I won, I was telling the one who was sashing me, ‘girl, I’m about to faint; you better hold me,’ and then she told me to breathe, so I breathed, and now I’m alive.”
Q: What was the most memorable part of homecoming?
A: “Having [all of my friends] walk me down [and] having my little walk me down. We were so close and tight because I know all of them, and it was just so amazing. I didn’t even care if I won or not. They’re just amazing people. I love them.”
Q: Did you encounter any problems while you were running?
A: “Yeah, fainting. Almost fainting. That’s it.”
Q: Who was your biggest motivator throughout the whole entire thing?
A: “My biggest motivator [was] everyone: every teacher, every student, [and] everyone that has ever [came] and supported me. They made me feel so much more confident [by] trying to make me believe that I was winning [as well as making] me not cry and worry about everything.”
Q: If you could summarize your whole experience in one word, what word would it be?
A: “Emotional rollercoaster of joy. Was that one word? I’d say twisty.”
Q: Do you have any advice for those who are thinking of running next year?
A: “Always be yourself. Love yourself. Do not care about who’s going to run. Always just know you can be the best, you can be the worst, you can be the most loved, you can be the most hated, you’re it.”