Katharyn Schrader became Olivet's 59th Homecoming Queen during the coronation ceremony on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Chosen by her peers for this honor, she is a senior and a leader among the student body. She is from Monmouth, Ill., and the daughter of Marshall and Julie (Buhrow) Schrader.
An English major, Katharyn served as a resident assistant in Williams Hall for two years. While at Olivet, she has been a part of Evangels, a student ministry to local nursing homes; Social Justice Club; the Aurora yearbook staff; and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Her goal is to travel overseas as a missionary by teaching English as a second language.
Adrian Calhoun of New Paris, Penn., escorted the Queen. A senior and a religious studies major, he is the son of Rev. H. Doyle '60 and Carolyn (Moorhead) Calhoun.
Other members of the 2013 Homecoming Court, all seniors and also chosen by their peers for this honor, are: Christine Caven (Boise, Idaho), escorted by Benjamin Geeding (Manteno, Ill); Lillian Guenseth (Galesburg, Ill.), escorted by Matthew Jones (Eureka, Ill.); Hannah Taylor (Fenton, Mich.), escorted by Kyle Miller (Sesser, Ill.); and Hillary Vaughn (Kankakee, Ill.), escorted by Caleb Carr (Afolkey, Ill.).
“These young women in our Homecoming Court have committed to let Christ’s love shine through their lives and are leading many to righteousness,” said Jessica Palm (senior, Winnebago, Ill.), vice president for women’s residential life, as the ceremony began.
Spencer '10 and Ashley (Williams) '10 Cook served as masters of ceremonies for the evening. Special music was provided by Ben Cherney (senior, Norway, Mich.), piano; Chantalle Falconer (senior, Byron, Ill.), violin; Elisabeth Holaway (senior, Wheaton, Ill.), cello; Amber Leffel (senior, Flint, Mich.), vocals; Wes Reece (junior, Fort Wayne, Ind.), acoustic; Kari Sunnarborg (sophomore, Rochester, Minn.), harp.
Olivet’s Homecoming Queen and members of her Court have been honored each year since 1955. The Queen is a senior woman chosen by the student body. She is a person of integrity; gives glory to God in her life; helps others feel loved and accepted; and expresses Olivet’s academic, social, and spiritual ideals.
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