It’s not every day the homecoming queen has to take off a helmet to put on the crown.
But such was the case for 17-year-old Seaside (Ore.) senior placekicker Whitney Westerholm, who was surprised by the announcement at midfield during halftime of a game against Cowapa League rival Valley Catholic (Beaverton, Ore.). As her teammates went to the locker room, she was joined by the homecoming court, which wore more customary gowns and a cheerleading outfit.
Also a soccer, basketball and softball standout at Seaside, Westerholm celebrated the honor with a 46-23 win against Valley Catholic. She has reportedly not missed an extra point attempt all season.
“I don’t want it to be a novelty act,” Westerholm told The Daily Astorian of joining the football team as a senior this year. “I’m not doing it because I’m making a statement. I’m doing it because I can, and I want to, and they needed me when I started.”
Westerholm also maintains a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend the University of California at Davis, according to the paper. Needless to say, she’s a role model in the Seaside community.
What it’s all about, indeed.