My name is Kimberly Garthe and I am very honored to be a Queen finalist for this year’s Winter Carnival. I would like to thank the wonderful men of Phi Kappa Tau as well as Wells Fargo for generously sponsoring me. Michigan Tech has its own unique culture that I am proud to be a part of. Despite growing up in Grand Rapids, my heart has always been in the Upper Peninsula. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to go on frequent trips to hockey tournaments and family vacations in the Upper Peninsula. Michigan Tech was a natural choice for me when deciding where to continue my education. Between classes, Husky sporting events, broomball, and intramural sporting events, as well as exploring the Keweenaw, I am fortunate to have become a part of this truly wonderful, “crazy smart” community. One of my favorite Michigan Tech traditions is by far Winter Carnival. With giant snow statues across campus, dancing throughout the all-night festival with friends, meeting alumnus, and participating in crazy games such as ice bowling, and human dog-sled races, what’s not to love? Winter Carnival was even listed in Campus Grotto’s list of Top 100 Greatest College Traditions, which is a testament to how fortunate Michigan Tech is.

When I first set foot on campus four years ago, I was determined to make the most of my college experience. Luckily, one of Michigan Tech’s greatest qualities is the opportunities it offers students. I have had the privilege of being the student manager at Douglas Houghton as well as a supervisor in both McNair and Wadsworth(summers) Dining Halls. This has given me valuable managerial experience in addition to improving my interpersonal skills. Outside of academics, I have participated in the Michigan Tech Rowing Club as well as thrown Discus and Javelin as an MTU varsity athlete. These activities have taught me how to work as a part of a team and how to effectively manage my time. I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome new Huskies to Michigan Tech, through serving as an Orientation Team Leader for two years. During this time, I had the opportunity to share why I think Michigan Tech is a great place to grow and learn as well as aid in their transition into life at Michigan Tech. I am a co-founder and President of the Michigan Tech Anthropology Club, where I have been able to develop leadership skills and help provide opportunities for current and future anthropology students.

Here at Michigan Tech I am a fourth year Anthropology major with a focus in Archaeology and a minor in German. I was drawn to the Anthropology program due to its unique standing as the only industrial archaeology program in the country. In addition to this, the copper country is a fascinating example of a post-mining society, and is the perfect site to conduct real world anthropological research. I have had the opportunity to work at the Michigan Tech’s 2011 Field School, where I was able to contribute to the efforts to help better understand the rich history and heritage of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Overall, I feel my experience at Michigan Tech has given me so many advantages and I am excited to take what I have learned beyond our academic doors. These past four years have shaped me into the person that I am today and I would love to share my experiences as Michigan Tech’s 2014 Winter Carnival Queen.