It used to be a rare occurrence. A girl who could kick grass on the playing field and sport a tiara on the same day. Now it’s becoming almost commonplace (well maybe not that typical but still more common than before).
The latest girl to prove she’s pretty and tough? Brianna Amat, a senior at Pinckney Community High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Principal Jim Darga said that for the past 18 years, the homecoming queen had always been crowned at halftime of the school’s football game. Never before, though, was the winner summoned from the team’s locker room.
Last Friday, with Pinckney leading powerful Michigan rival Grand Blanc, 6-0, at the half, Amat, the first girl to play football for the school’s varsity, was asked to return to the field. When she arrived, she was told that her fellow students had voted her queen. When the tiara was placed on her head, she was wearing not a dress, like the other girls in the homecoming court, but her No. 12 uniform, pads and all.
Shortly after being crowned homecoming queen, Amat booted the 31-yard field goal to pull out a 9-7 win over Grand Blanc. The kick was a personal best for the 18-year-old Michigan woman.
The twin accomplishments were still sinking in Monday, said Amat, who has played soccer since she was three but tried out for the football team only last spring. Her ability as a defender on the girl’s soccer team helped her beat out two male students for the position. She still prefers wearing soccer cleats to kick the football.
Amat joins Jackie Kasburg who was similarly honored last year at her Ohio high school with a winning kick and a coronation.
There was no time to relish the victories, said Amat, who went straight home to bed. As student treasurer, she had to rise early Saturday to help with decorations for the homecoming dance. She wore a black and silver dress to the event, which she attended with a group of friends.
Amat was described by someone at a recent photo shoot as “a very nice down-to-earth girl, who has already started receiving calls from the Today Show, NY Times, Fox, Good Morning America and even the Oprah Winfrey show. If I were to pick a phrase to describe her, it would be an excellent role model, Oh, and Amat’s a 4.0 Honors student to boot. Pretty awesome!
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