LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Tonight, a Lexington teenager still recovering from serious injuries received a big surprise from her classmates.
She nearly lost her life when a car hit her bike.
15-year-old Shaina Whitt's friends at Lafayette High School celebrated homecoming tonight, and they wanted to make sure she had a special place there.
"When something like this happens, it makes us even closer, so we want her back, we want her back healthy," said Principal Bryne Jacobs of Lafayette High School in Lexington.
Tonight walking wasn't a problem for Shaina Whitt as she took the field as part of the homecoming court just months after she was hit by a car while riding her bike.
"I'm so excited. I think at first she was really nervous, but I think she's really loving seeing all her friends," said Kayla Harman, Shaina's friend since elementary school.
"Shaina is the most beautiful, amazing girl I've ever met in my life. We're so glad that she's still here with us. We love her so much," said Lucy Becker, also a friend of Shaina.
And although she hasn't even been at school yet this year, her friends say they knew she'd win and not just because of how strong she has been since her accident.
"She's just perfect. She's loved by everybody at school. She's loved by everybody," said one of Shaina's friends.
And when Shaina did win Sophomore Homecoming Princess, her friends and family say they couldn't be prouder of her and how far she has come.
Shaina Whitt has been improving quickly and is expected to return back to school for her sophomore year in January.