Lillian Skinner's friends describe her as a "sweet" and "amazing girl." So it might come as a surprise that someone who says hello to everyone in the halls became the subject of a prank devised by other students who tried to convince the 17-year-old senior she was nominated for homecoming queen when she atually wasn't.
Lillian Skinner, a high school senior, is someone her friends say is always smiling and is welcoming to everyone. That's why they devised a plan to have her share the homecoming crown. (Image source: KTVT-TV)
After learning about what was being said, KXAS-TV reported that Skinner's friends Naomi Martinez and Anahi Alvarez, who were nominated for homecoming queen at Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas, came up with a plan of their own.
"We promised each other and we were like, 'No matter what, no backing down. If one of us wins we're giving Lillian the crown,'" Martinez told the news station.
On Friday, when the homecoming court assembled on the football field and Alvarez was crowned queen, another announcement followed.
“Anahi is honoring a very hard working senior with her crown. We would like to announce Lillian Skinner, please step up and receive this honor," KTVT-TV reported of the announcement.
While there was a little confusion on Skinner's part, she soon understood what was happening.
“I was surprised,” Skinner told KTVT. “I was like, ‘my name is not on the poll. How is it that possible?’ It was tears of happiness, because I never do that before.”
Watch the moment in KTVT's report:
Alvarez told KXAS that she believes "Lilly won. I just ran in her place, in her position."
Principal Lorimer Arendse, who was in on the plan to share the crown with Skinner, said it was "probably the greatest moment I've ever experienced as a principal."