Whitney, herself a student at North High, happily presented Abby with flowers and helped her don the floor-length Alsatia Club robe during the festivities.
"I'm surprised and very excited," Abby said as she accepted the honor. A 17-year-old senior, Abby is planning to attend college next year to study forensic science.
The princesses in Abby's court for the parade tonight are Sara Duncan, Boonsboro; Devon Steiner, South Hagerstown; Jessica Unger, Hancock; Jennifer Hall, Clear Spring; Kenzie Bowen, Smithsburg; Tanya Fox, Washington County Technical High School; Sammi Snodderly, Williamsport; and Stephanie Snyder, St. Maria Goretti.
All nine girls were homecoming queens at their high schools.
A special moment during the coronation ball came when Nick Giannaris, parade grand marshal, received a standing ovation for all of his community and charitable endeavors over the years.
The owner of the Airport Inn and Four Points Sheraton, Giannaris started An Evening With Nick in 1982, a fundraiser that has raised more than $500,000 for local nonprofit agencies.
For 17 years, Christmas with Nick meant a free Christmas dinner for hundreds of local residents.
"I thank you for having me here," Giannaris said. "I'm very humble and thank you for all the nice things said about me."
James G. McCleaf II, parade chairman, said tonight's Alsatia Mummers' parade will include more than 200 units.