By Mary Alys Cherry
The biggest and most anticipated event of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival is always the Coronation Ball, which will be held Saturday, July 25, starting at 5 p.m. at the San Luis Convention Center in Galveston.
Not only is a new queen crowned, a queen alternate is also introduced, and fathers and mothers get to step into the spotlight with their young princesses and lieutenants, little ladies in waiting and pages – an evening all will remember the rest of their lives. Elizabeth Olin is chairman of the 50th annual Coronation Ball with Katie Jones as co-chairman.
Court Co-Chairmen Melanie Lovuola and Kathie Panneton, who, incidentally, are not only long-time festival volunteers but also mothers of former festival queens, are looking forward to the vote by the royals, when one of the young women will be crowned 2016 queen, another queen alternate, and one of the young men will be elevated to the rank of captain. And, the youngsters will charm the audience.
Members of this year’s court and their parents are:
Sophie Marie Baillargeon, Gwen and Jacques Baillargeon; Amy Barnes, Karen and John Barnes; Grace Ann Binger, Carrie and John Binger; Bailey Mariue Breaux, Jeanne and Brent Breaux; Meaghan Elizabeth Bryan, Bernadette and John Bryan; Brooke Loren Camet, Sherry Camet and Michael Camet; Sabrina Alyse Carver, Jacqueline and James Carver; Madeline Elisa Castillo, Megan and Joseph Castillo; Alexis Christiansen, Pam and Toby Christiansen; Samantha Lee Cilento, Susan and Richard Cilento; Morgan Cook, Ronda and Randy Cook, Sadie Alise Crumbley, Karen and Russell Crumley; Briana Diaz, Toni and Frank Diaz;
Madison Ditta, Renee and Louis Ditta; Grace Elizabeth Ehmling, Kari and Lee Ehmling; Kelly Franklin, Tami and Scott Franklin; Halasi Frohling, Cyndi and Kyle Frohling; Caylin Jean Gibson, Angela and William Gibson; Jade Allison Graham, Leslie and Jerry Graham; Annie Hall, Leslie Hall and Jack Hall; Elizabeth Esther Hart, Sue and Jim Hart; Jessica Carol Hembree, Laurie and Mike Hembree; Jessica Lynn Hoff, Kimberly and Danny Hoff; Lillian Kristine Hromadka, Gina Rico and Paul Hromadka; Claire Elizabeth Hughes, Holly and Vance Hughes; Nicole Anne Kayser, Dawn and John Kayser;
Kaitlyn Shane Kimbrough and Taylor Lindsay Kimbrough, Robbie and Shane Kimbrough; Barrett Baker Langford, Amy and Gregg Langford; Bonnie Joy LeBlanc, Joy and Andy LeBlanc; Kalin Elizabeth LaPlace, Malin Scott LePlace; Emma Kathleen Lynch, Jeanne and William Lynch; Kaleigh Marie Lyon, Elizabeth Lyon and Scott Lyon and Stacy Davis; Nicole Anne Matthys, Barbara and Glenn Matthys; Mariska Valerie Mes, Brenda and Rudolf Mes; Jessica Michelle Monnett, Terri and Todd Monnett; Jerssica (???) Rose Nifong, Wendy and Craig Nifong; Grace O’Heeron, Angela and Pete O’Heeron; Susi Olano, Sofia and Juan Olano; Helen Claudine O’Sullivan, Joan and Rick O’Sullivan; Rachel Marie Pfeifer, Lisa and John Pfeifer;
Savannah Paige Reason and Sydney Peyton Reason; Jill and Dan Reason; Caroline Catherine Reed, Rosemary Reed and Steven and Marylyn Reed; Mari-Tate Roush, Stephany and Kenneth Roush; Audrey Sebald, Cindy and Mark Sebald; Louisa Smitherman, Marijane and Barry Smitherman; Emily Marie Stelly, Pamela and Mark Stelly; Madelyn Grace St. Germain, Kelly and Donnie St. Germain; Kathryn Audrey Tanzberger, Elizabeth and Eric Tanzberger; Haleigh Nicole Tieken, Lori and J. Derek Tieken;
Sophia Louise Tolman, Lisa and Cyrus Tolman; Nicole Tran, Kim and Joseph Tran; Grace Adams Turley, Lu Ann and Wendal Turley; Ali Watson, Dede and Paul Watson; Jenna Morgan Westall, Domineque and Eric Westall; Rayne Lea Williams, Brook and Forest Williams; Mary Claire Williamson, Melissa and Peter Williamson; Samantha Lynn Willis, Vicky and Willie Willis; Claire Wilson, Suzie Wilson and Mark Wilson; and Cassidy Diana Wolfer, Andie and Eric Wolfer.
The 2015 lieutenants and their parents are:
Gregory Scott Bookover, Michelle and Michael Brookover; Joseph Patrick Chuoke, Ellen and Joe Chuoke; Joseph Michael Corrao, Brandie and Joe Corrao; Tanner Coulson, Mandi and Kevin Rouhselang; John Patrick Culbertson, Cynthia and David Culbertson; Collin Anthony Davis, Katherine and Tony Davis; Zachary Bennett DeVries, Amanda and Chris DeVries; Ben LeBlanc, Joy and Andy LeBlanc;
Paxton Leboe, Sheri and David Leboe; Jonathan Paul Peck, Thu Hong and Gregory Peck; Kyle J., Ruszkowski, Stacey and Kevin Ruszkowski; Zachary Edward Schneider, Paula and Trey Schneider; John Sinor and Michael Sinor, Jenny and Mark Frantz and Keith and Rae Sinor; Hayden Carlisle Smith, Melanie and Carlisle Smith; Andrew Lee Sterling, Delinda and Michael Sterling; Evan Michael Walker, Michele and James Walker; and Zachary Clemons Walker, Stephanie and Gordon Walker.