Newly-crowned homecoming queen Riley McCoy left her house as twilight fell and traveled to Dana Hills High School for the homecoming dance Saturday.
Dana Hills is the Home of the Dolphins and home of Riley McCoy’s family of school friends.
Within the first 30 minutes of her arrival, Her Majesty was hugged 21 times and posed for six selfies before being dragged into a school of Dolphins swimming and swirling in hip-hop unison.
Dana Hills activities director Ken Nedler said that Riley was elected homecoming queen in a landslide, receiving more votes than all of the other five princesses combined.
In the high school’s central mall area, Riley posed with her best friend Shelby Angel in front of a painting of a yellow brick road, a decoration in keeping with the homecoming theme of the “Wizard of Oz.”
Angel met Riley through the school’s “Best Buddies” program in which volunteers at the school partner up with special needs students .
“Riley is such an optimist. She’s so loving, caring, friendly and compassionate to everyone at this school,” Angel said. “Even if she wasn’t a Best Buddies student she would still have been named queen.”
McCoy beamed as she was pulled into another dance pool by students in her Dolphin family.
There’s no place like home.