VIDEO: Varsity kicker crowned homecoming queen

HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A Hernando County homecoming queen was pulling double duty Friday night. That’s because she was also on the gridiron right before she was crowned.

Santina Paonessa is a varsity kicker for Nature Coast High School. Proudly wearing her football uniform, Santina rode onto the field with the rest of the competition before the half-time ceremony.

NBC4’s sister station WFLA caught up with the newly crowned queen about what this means to her. “This means everything to me. I’ve always want to be on homecoming court, let alone queen, and just being on the football team just makes it all the better,” Santina said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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