Poinsette is the daughter of Sharon and Kevin Poinsette, who both escorted her onto the field.

Afatia Poinsette was crowned the Waynesville High School Homecoming Queen on Friday, Sept. 28, at Tiger Stadium. Members of the court included seniors Courtney Mason, Olga Morales and Shelby Wardin; freshman Mikayla Schaffer, sophomore Alajah Fortune; junior Montana Angel and Tiger cubs, Kenna Rodriguez and Jayden Morris. She was crowned by 2017 Homecoming Queen Michelle Amoto, who is majoring in engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Poinsette is the daughter of Sharon and Kevin Poinsette, who both escorted her onto the field. While in high school, Poinsette has been involved in varsity softball, basketball and track. Her favorite thing about high school is staying active in sports, working with her teammates, challenging them and making memories and friendships. After graduation, she plans to attend Jefferson College to pursue her softball and academic career.

The naming of the Homecoming Queen was not the only surprise for the evening. As senior candidate Mason started across the field with her mother, Shay, she spotted a soldier walking toward her. As soon as she realized that soldier was her father, she ran into his arms. Staff Sgt. John Mason had been deployed to Kuwait for the past 9 months with the Reserves and made it back just in time to help escort his daughter across the field.