Breanna Gelsinger, right, competes Sunday at the 2014 America’s Homecoming Queen pageant in Irving.

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She may not have taken home another crown, but for senior Breanna Gelsinger, getting the chance to represent her city and high school was more than enough.

For the fifth year in a row, a Harker Heights High School volleyball player clinched the title of homecoming queen, and over the weekend, Breanna competed in the 2014 America’s Homecoming Queen pageant in Irving.

“It was a good experience and all the girls were really nice,” she said. “We all became friends instantly and it was interesting to learn how each of their schools selected a homecoming queen, king and court.”

She competed against 35 other queens from across the state in personal interviews and an evening gown competition. There was no swimsuit or talent competition.

“She looked beautiful on stage,” said her mom, Tina Gelsinger. “She had fun and we had a great weekend.”

Breanna’s weekend was a whirlwind, with her senior prom on Saturday and the pageant Sunday.

“My feet still hurt from wearing my heels,” she said.

Even though she didn’t win the all-expense-paid trip to the national competition for the chance to win scholarship money, she is still eligible to compete for the title of “America’s Favorite Homecoming Queen.”

The title is determined by online voting. Go to to vote through July 11.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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