Winter Carnival, for me, has always been a time of hard work and also a time of fun by participating in a great tradition that no other university has. Building a giant snow statue in negative degree weather, participating in competitive special events, winning at broomball, and bundling up to teeter-totter for 36-hours to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis are all events I love to do during the special time of Winter Carnival. And this year I have the honor of representing the Gamma Chi Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma National Fraternity in the 2013 Winter Carnival Queens Competition!

Before coming to Michigan Tech I had never seen so much snow in my life; I was born and raised in southern New Jersey until the age of fourteen when my family moved to Hartford, WI - a suburb of Milwaukee; while some might be upset to leave the sunny beaches of the Jersey shore, I was eager to head to the “frozen tundra” where my beloved Green Bay Packers reside!

What brought me to Michigan Tech to study Civil Engineering was their outstanding academics, their hundreds of university organizations, and their expansive recreational activities offered in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Over the past two and a half years I have become involved in Tau Beta Pi -National Honors Engineering Society, Order of Omega Greek Honors Society, Alpha Society - Engineering Honors Society, Society of Women Engineers, Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority, Green Campus Enterprise, as well as a Wadsworth Residence Hall Desk Receptionist. When I am not participating in one of these organizations or studying in the EERC, I enjoy cheering on the Huskies at hockey games, skiing at Mount Ripley, or walking Mauer and Rosco (Sigma Tau Gamma’s two Golden Retrievers)!

One of my favorite things about Michigan Tech is the community both on and off campus. The students, faculty and staff of MTU, and the citizens of Houghton and Hancock make the area feel like a home away from home, and it is always so exciting to see all the different parts of this community come together for this grand celebration!

I am so excited to be a 2013 Winter Carnival Queen candidate and participate in an event that dates back to 1928! I would like to thank my sponsor, Celebrations Bridal & Formal in Hancock, for the beautiful dress I am wearing during the coronation, and my campus sponsor, Sigma Tau Gamma, for all of their support and help. This Winter Carnival will certainly be one for the books!