I remember in my senior year when a classmate "C" was surprised and a bit nervous that he was nominated for homecoming king. I wouldn't say he was campaigning when he quietly asked me one day if I'd vote for him for king. He said "I know I'm not going to win, but I don't want to be the guy with zero votes."
He was not part of the popular crowd like the other nominees who played hockey or wrestled. He was a hard-working student and a great representative of our student body. My graduating class of about 350kids was nearly 1/3 Hmong students who (like "C") had not been here more than 8 years at that time. Language preferences and cultural differences led to a lot of self-segregation. I can imagine they spent a lot of time at our school feeling marginalized as they were not the hockey players or cheerleaders.
At the homecoming coronation, it appears that the cool-kid vote got split among the other five nominees, and everyone else voted for "C". The memory still makes me smile.
That said: after high school (in fact, after homecoming week), it really doesn't matter... like so many things in high school!