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Dakota Fanning Crowned Homecoming Queen

Did You Make Homecoming Court in High School?

All hail Dakota Fanning, the homecoming queen of North Hollywood's Campbell Hall Episcopal High School — for the second year in a row! I suspect it was pretty much impossible for her classmates to compete with someone who actually stars in the Twilight series.

Participating in a typical high school homecoming court is sort of like being in a sorority in college. The kids who make it think it's a fun way to show school spirit, while those who don't take part dismiss it as a superficial popularity contest. Where did you fall in high school?

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yadiet yadiet 5 years
my prom was ridged,. I ran for prom queen and so did the head cheerleader and we both were very popular. and some girl that we never even knew existed won.. however, her BFF was on the prom committee and in charge of counting ballots!
kohina kohina 5 years
Well lilkimbo I have nothing but for respect for you then because you do seem like an intelligent person. At my school the kinds girls on the homecoming court were some of the meanest girls I've ever known in my life. I used to regularly get made fun of for being smart and punk rock (I hated all of the school gatherings like pep rallys etc that you liked) so maybe it's just my school has made my opinion biased.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
Oops, my last comment got cut off! I'll admit, part of the fun was getting recognition at the parade, pep rally, and game. I was a hard worker in high school and it felt good to have my accomplishments recognized. And, I did like being well-liked by my peers, which I don't think is such a horrible thing to like!As far as a rude awakening when I hit the real world, I graduated from college about five and a half years ago, so I haven't been in the real world too long, but the same skills and qualities that made me well-liked in high school, such as the ability to communicate well with others and to show a genuine interest in what others are feeling, have helped me in my career, not hindered me. Perhaps it was just your school where being popular and being smart were mutually exclusive. I know at my high school it was actually "cool" to be smart, which is not to say that all of the popular kids were smart, or vice versa, but there was a large amount of overlap. I've also found that D.C., where I now live, is the perfect place to find people who are smart and were likely popular in high school. They exist in droves here!OK, I need to stop. Sorry these comments dragged on for so long.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
Oops, my last comment got cut off! I'll admit, part of the fun was getting recognition at the parade, pep rally, and game. I was a hard worker in high school and it felt good to have my accomplishments recognized. And, I did like being well-liked by my peers, which I don't think is such a horrible thing to like! As far as a rude awakening when I hit the real world, I graduated from college about five and a half years ago, so I haven't been in the real world too long, but the same skills and qualities that made me well-liked in high school, such as the ability to communicate well with others and to show a genuine interest in what others are feeling, have helped me in my career, not hindered me. Perhaps it was just your school where being popular and being smart were mutually exclusive. I know at my high school it was actually "cool" to be smart, which is not to say that all of the popular kids were smart, or vice versa, but there was a large amount of overlap. I've also found that D.C., where I now live, is the perfect place to find people who are smart and were likely popular in high school. They exist in droves here! OK, I need to stop. Sorry these comments dragged on for so long.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
Thanks, Genesis! Actually, kohina, I shouldn't have said it was just a superficial popularity contest because, at my school at least, to even be a candidate you had to be chosen by a committee of teachers and students who selected candidates based on academics and extra-curriculars. There was a minimum gpa as well, but I don't remember what it was.And the reason it was fun for me is because I got to spend time with some great young women with whom I didn't regularly hang out. (Of the 15 or so candidates, I was good friends with maybe 5.) We planned homecoming week events, which included a big charity week fundraiser and two volunteer activities, which brought a lot of people out who didn't typically volunteer (and I would know because, over-achiever that I was in high school, I was very actively involved in Volunteer Opportunities for Teens and won the VOFT award two years.)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
Thanks, Genesis! Actually, kohina, I shouldn't have said it was just a superficial popularity contest because, at my school at least, to even be a candidate you had to be chosen by a committee of teachers and students who selected candidates based on academics and extra-curriculars. There was a minimum gpa as well, but I don't remember what it was. And the reason it was fun for me is because I got to spend time with some great young women with whom I didn't regularly hang out. (Of the 15 or so candidates, I was good friends with maybe 5.) We planned homecoming week events, which included a big charity week fundraiser and two volunteer activities, which brought a lot of people out who didn't typically volunteer (and I would know because, over-achiever that I was in high school, I was very actively involved in Volunteer Opportunities for Teens and won the VOFT award two years.)
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
i'd say. our homecoming queen my senior year was also our valedictorian, who is currently doing post-doc work at MIT. what a dumb@ss she was.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 5 years
That's kinda harsh. From reading Lil's comments, I think she would be a perfect example of how someone can be popular and intelligent.
kohina kohina 5 years
"And yes, it really is a superficial popularity contest, but it was still fun!"Yeah it was fun for you cause you were popular and you got to feel like you were special or something? Whoopie. You got to stand on a stage because of being popular. Not actually accomplishing academically or doing something good for humanity. Pageantry at it's worst. You just end up giving kids an inflated ego because they're popular and beautiful in high school which leads to a rude awakening when they enter real world. And I've never ONCE met a popular person in school who was intelligent (maybe this was just my school). Why develop intelligence when you're popular and people are kissing your butt all the time? Ugh.
kohina kohina 5 years
"And yes, it really is a superficial popularity contest, but it was still fun!" Yeah it was fun for you cause you were popular and you got to feel like you were special or something? Whoopie. You got to stand on a stage because of being popular. Not actually accomplishing academically or doing something good for humanity. Pageantry at it's worst. You just end up giving kids an inflated ego because they're popular and beautiful in high school which leads to a rude awakening when they enter real world. And I've never ONCE met a popular person in school who was intelligent (maybe this was just my school). Why develop intelligence when you're popular and people are kissing your butt all the time? Ugh.
katiekat95 katiekat95 5 years
I went to an all-girls school so we didn't have one
amber512 amber512 5 years
lol, not even close
amber512 amber512 5 years
lol, not even close
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
Nope. Although I had a lot of friends, I definitely didn't fit into the norm in HS. Only cheerleaders and jocks were on the court.
juicebox07 juicebox07 5 years
No. I wasn't popular. I also never even went to a single homecoming dance.
snarkypants snarkypants 5 years
no, not homecoming. my school was weird and you had to be dating a football player to get on court. seriously.
bryseana bryseana 5 years
That's good for Dakota. I think Kirsten Dunst was homecoming queen at her school too. It is pretty much a popularity thing.My brother was in the homecoming court. He was a football player and into all that. I was the opposite, totally uninvolved with school activities. People at school were always surprised that we were related. They were like "you have a sister?" What makes it funnier is that we're twins but we couldn't be more different.
bryseana bryseana 5 years
That's good for Dakota. I think Kirsten Dunst was homecoming queen at her school too. It is pretty much a popularity thing. My brother was in the homecoming court. He was a football player and into all that. I was the opposite, totally uninvolved with school activities. People at school were always surprised that we were related. They were like "you have a sister?" What makes it funnier is that we're twins but we couldn't be more different.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 5 years
Haha no. But in my defense my school was big, and I didn't even know who 3 out of 5 girls on the Homecoming Court were
totygoliguez totygoliguez 5 years
I wasn't popular at all, and I liked it that way. The other girls had to deal with so much drama that I really tried to avoid during my high school years. My goal was to get good grades and go to college.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
Yes, I was on Homecoming Court, but I was not Homecoming Queen. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. Sigh. And yes, it really is a superficial popularity contest, but it was still fun!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I went to a super competitive private high school, so they didn't have anything to encourage additional competition, like class rankings or homecoming/prom court.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
We didn't really have that sort of thing in our school (or probably lots of places in Canada)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
Well, it *is* a superficial popularity contest. Not that I see a problem with it, but let's call it what it is.
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