When Brianne Bolding was elected the 2007 Homecoming Queen at Edison High School, it wasn’t just for the night.
Since last fall, she has used the title to its fullest, walking in parades, appearing in thehalf-time show at the Liberty Bowl and now competing to beAmerica’s Homecoming Queen.
Brianne, 18, was selected as a finalist to participate in America’s Homecoming Queen competition and on April 12-13, she will compete in Dayton to represent Ohio in the nationalcompetition.
The finalists are the top10 percent of the homecoming queen applicants.
Brianne said she was happy to be selected for thecompetition, but knew shewasn’t undeserving.
“I was really excited. I know they said they base it on community service and scholastics, and I do a ton of community service and I have all ‘A’s,” she said.
Brianne said community service is an important part of her life and plans on studying social work at Capital University in the fall.
In addition to going on mission trips with her church, Brianne participates in Reach Our Youth, a program through the Huron County Common Pleas Court.
“I like to know that I’m helping in out community one way or another instead of just sitting around complaining,” she said.
The winner of the competition in April will receive a cash scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to the finals in California. She will be judged on both interview and evening gown portions of the competition.
“I’m a little bit nervous and a little bit excited,” she said. “I’m hoping to make a lot of new friends and I’m really excited to go down there. I’m trying to make a lot of memories while in my last year at high school.”
Brianne’s mom, Celina Bolding, said her daughter has qualities that make her a great homecoming queen, daughter, sister and friend.
“She’s very responsible and very motivated. We pretty much don’t have to remind her about things,” Celina said. “She’s very outgoing and very much a people person. She talks to all different types of people, not just in her circle.”