Carnival Queen: Among the Tough, Motivated and Smart
by Kara Sokol, integrated marketing communication specialist
Third-year student Lydia Patch is a biology major and Spanish minor who dreams of working in South America. She's a member of Michigan Tech's Terra Preta student research group, studying biochar as a potential solution for increasing soil fertility and helping to mitigate climate change. She leads trips and facilitates the Challenge Course through the Outdoor Adventure Program, plus skis, hikes, bikes, camps and sails.
And now, she officially reigns as Michigan Tech's 2011 Winter Carnival Queen.
Having trouble viewing a smart and savvy Dean's List student as a beauty queen? Then you've obviously never seen Michigan Tech's Winter Carnival Queen Coronation. Strike from your mind the image of floor-length gowns and wishes for world peace--in addition to being engaging and talented, the women who vie for this honor are tough, motivated and very smart.
Case in point: this year's eight Queen candidates include broomball and lacrosse players, Orientation Team Leaders and sorority members. Fourth-year accounting and finance double major Danielle Linna received the 2010-11 LSGI Mentoring Technology Venture Fund Scholarship. Third-year student Brianne Schneider served as treasurer for the Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists. And third-year biomedical engineering major Anne Dancy is the vice president for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
The talent doesn't stop there. During Saturday's Coronation ceremony, held at the Rozsa Center, the women impressed audience members and judges during the talent competition. Performances ranged from soulful trombone and French horn solos to singing and dancing--even a lasso demonstration and a plucky marimba rendition of "Under the Sea."
Patch's spirited and humorous vocal performance of "Not Getting Married Today," from the musical "Company," helped earn her the crown. In addition to Carnival Queen honors, she received a $1,000 scholarship from the Michigan Tech Student Foundation.
Patch thinks it's a real honor to represent such a great community of students, including the seven talented women she competed against.
"We go to the coolest school ever, so to be able to represent Michigan Tech is awesome," Patch says. "Tech has brains and innovation beyond belief, a down-to-earth community, and--given the opportunity--we kick butt at anything we set our minds on accomplishing."
This year's Winter Carnival Queen candidates:
Anne Dancy, first runner-up
Major: biomedical engineering with concentrations in premedical studies and international Spanish
Danielle Linna, second runner-up
Double major: accounting and finance; German minor
Brianne Schneider, Miss Congeniality
Major: clinical laboratory sciences
Major: physics with a concentration in secondary education; international German minor
Major: biological sciences major with a minor in psychology
Major: environmental engineering
Double major: wildlife ecology and management and applied ecology and environmental sciences