They can’t say Yes unless you ask.
Sure, maybe they’ll say No. Perhaps No is even the likeliest outcome. Maybe the No will be embarrassing, maybe it will hurt your feelings, maybe it’s sad to know for sure.
But they can’t say Yes unless you ask.
There is an outside chance, they could nominate you themselves, think of you even if they’ve got a lot on their mind, that you could shine to them like a diamond, be utterly irresistible, glittering, noticeable. But then, even if they do notice you, they might think you don’t want it, or don’t care.
Give them the chance to say Yes.
Give them the chance to say No.
Live, knowing the answer, one way or another, proud of yourself that you gave Yes a chance.