THIS YEARS’ CANDIDATES ARE: L to R Abby Tredway, Jessica Walker, Gabby Stout, Lauren Bales, Calli Hatfield (courtesy photo)
WHS Principal Zach Hood came on the Crusader intercom, just minutes prior to the dismissal of school Friday afternoon, with that most annual and “royal” message, if you will. Principal Hood proceeded to announce this school years’ Duchess Candidates, a tradition that began over 75 years ago at Wellington High School.
An excerpt from the WHS 1945 Yearbook…
“It was a glorious day, that November 23rd, (1944) Thanksgiving day to be exact. The sun shone brightly, with just the right crispness in the air for a football game. Would it end in a tie for second place or could the Crusaders hold the mighty Bulldogs? Thousands came out to see.
The half ended 19-0 in the Crusaders favor. The drums started rolling, for the Queen was ready to make her long awaited appearance. Who would it be? The football boys had nominated five fair Crusaderettes and had then taken a secret vote for the Queen of the day. From the north came the sound of a bugle and black convertible came slowly along the west bleachers. In it were the five, one was standing with the sunshine turning her hair to a crown of gold. Bethel Jo Adair, the Queen of 1944.
Slowly she and her attendants Colleen Newkirk, Ramona Brown, Joan Schwinn and Mary Sue Saunders, rode around the track as the crowd cheered. Stopping near the throne on the fifty yard line, the girls met four band attendants and Arch Wallace, who escorted the ladies to their places of honor. Blushingly, he crowned the Queen and bestowed upon her, the best wishes of the football warriors, while the bandsmen with him, presented her attendants with lovely mums.
So inspired were the Ark City fans, they cried out as they saw the Queen, “Where is Waugh?” and as their fighting Bulldogs came back on the field, they rose with mighty fury in an attempt to down the Crusaders, but Queen Jo reigned well and the game ended with a 19-15 score.”
Congratulations to this fine group of young ladies! Queen Jo would be proud of you! Spirit Week begins 1 week from this coming Monday. Coronation is slated for Friday, October 2nd! More details soon!