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May Crowning Tradition Continues     

April 21, 2020
By Deb Daley

Watch the video for May Crowning. 

One of the most meaningful traditions at Mercy High School is May Crowning.  This year, due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, the ceremony will be adjusted, videotaped and replayed on May 11 at 7:00 p.m. The annual ceremony honors Mother Mary. A senior who exemplifies the qualities of Mary is chosen to be May Queen. She crowns Mary’s statue with a circlet of flowers. The May Queen is accompanied by the May Court, which includes representatives from each class who all exemplify Mary.  

This year’s May Queen is Katie Geist. She is a Student Ambassador, a member of National Honor Society, Pro Life Club, and Board Game Club. Katie is a Mercy High Singer and also plays the flute, sometimes accompanying the Mercy High Singers on her instrument. She was selected to portray the younger Catherine McAuley in the 2019 Mercy Day play. Katie participated in volleyball and track. Last year, she set a new school record in discus, throwing 111 feet and 7 inches. She was also a princess on the Nocturne Court. She was inducted as an EMHC last fall and is a member of Pastoral Council. The Mary Our Queen parishioner is also a Mercy legacy. Her mother, Sandra Kuncl Geist, is a graduate of the Class of 1989 and her sister, Ellie, is a freshman. 

Katie has received numerous college scholarships and was recognized as a Runza Student of the Week last fall. She will be attending Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, majoring in in Secondary Education and Theology.

When asked about this honor, Katie said, “I’m so honored to have been chosen to be May Queen. I’ve always had a special connection with Mary, and I hope I can share a bit of her love in this difficult time.” 

Joining her on the May Court are: 
Seniors: Anna-Marie O’Donnell and Madeline Rozmajzl
Juniors: Abigail Verkuilen and Anna Youell
Sophomores: Tessa Malesker and Willavena Tokporo
Freshmen: Valeria Figueroa Garcia and Rose Wallich

The two Outstanding Seniors will also be announced at the conclusion of the ceremony. They are kept secret until May Crowning.


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