2009-06-13 / Top News

Michi Mullings Crowned 2009 Lilac Queen

Hannah Styburski Is Princess
By Kerri Jo Molitor

The coronation of the 2009 Lilac Queen and Princess took place on the porch of Windermere Hotel because of a rainstorm Friday, June 5. The Queen, her court, and the princess all attended the ceremony, along with family and friends. Pictured are (back row, from left) Shelbie Mosley, Shay Mosley, Lilac Queen Michi Mullings, and Danielle Wightman; (front) Lilac Princess Hannah Styburski. Not pictured is Arial Leeper, a member of the Lilac Court. The coronation of the 2009 Lilac Queen and Princess took place on the porch of Windermere Hotel because of a rainstorm Friday, June 5. The Queen, her court, and the princess all attended the ceremony, along with family and friends. Pictured are (back row, from left) Shelbie Mosley, Shay Mosley, Lilac Queen Michi Mullings, and Danielle Wightman; (front) Lilac Princess Hannah Styburski. Not pictured is Arial Leeper, a member of the Lilac Court. Michi Mullings was crowned Lilac Queen and Hannah Styburski Lilac Princess while the Lilac Court and friends and family looked on, as an untimely rain forced the coronation of the 60th Lilac Queen and Princess to take place on the covered porch of the Windermere Hotel Friday, June 5.

"It's been a tradition and in spite of the weather, I think, it's the spirit that will put us through next week and all the festivities," said Mayor Margaret Doud, who crowned the queen.

The 2009 Lilac Court includes Danielle Wightman, Shay Mosley, Shelbie Mosley, and Arial Leeper. The court will preside over many Lilac Festival activities this week and next week. The 2008 Lilac Queen, Jane Finkel, was unable to attend as tradition calls for, because she is traveling in France.

Michi Mullings is crowned the 2009 Lilac Queen by Mayor Margaret Doud Friday, June 5. She is the first international student to be Lilac Queen. The Lilac Court was also at the ceremony; pictured here are Danielle Wightman (left) and Shay Mosley (right). Michi Mullings is crowned the 2009 Lilac Queen by Mayor Margaret Doud Friday, June 5. She is the first international student to be Lilac Queen. The Lilac Court was also at the ceremony; pictured here are Danielle Wightman (left) and Shay Mosley (right). After Miss Mullings was crowned, Mary Slevin , director of the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau, presented her with a trophy and noted that Miss Mullings is the first international student on Mackinac Island to be the Lilac Queen. Students at the Island school select the queen by popular vote. All candidates become members of the queen's court.

Miss Mullings, daughter of Pearl and Chad Hoeksema, was graduated from Mackinac Island Public School in May. She played volleyball, soccer, golf, track, and girls basketball while in high school. She plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall.

"I would just like to say thanks to all of Mackinac Island Public School for voting for me," Miss Mullings said. "I am just honored to make history and be the Mackinac Island Festival Queen."

At left: Mayor Margaret Doud crowns Lilac Princess Hannah Styburski on the porch of Windermere Hotel Friday, June 5. Miss Styburski, who loves flowers, later admired her bouquet, noting that the purple roses were her favorite. At left: Mayor Margaret Doud crowns Lilac Princess Hannah Styburski on the porch of Windermere Hotel Friday, June 5. Miss Styburski, who loves flowers, later admired her bouquet, noting that the purple roses were her favorite. Miss Styburski, daughter of Deb and Kenneth Styburski, is seven years old and will be in second grade at Mackinac Island Public School in the fall. Miss Styburski loves flowers, crafts, horses, and books. Her mother said Miss Styburski is known for being unique, and is proud to be herself.

Danielle Wightman, daughter of Dan and Kathi Wightman, was graduated from Mackinac Island Public School in May. She loves history and has started summer employment at Fort Mackinac. She plans to attend Michigan State University to study either history or interior design.

Shay Mosley, daughter of Ben and Louann Mosley, also was graduated in May from Mackinac Island Public School. She played volleyball, track, and soccer while in high school and loves children and crafts. Miss Mosley plans to earn a degree in radiology at Mid-Michigan Community College.

Shelbie Mosley, daughter of Ben and Louann Mosley, will be a senior at Mackinac Island Public School in the fall. She has played soccer, basketball, track, and volleyball. She also enjoys crafts and animals, and wants to be a veterinarian.

Arial Leeper, daughter of Tim and the late Patty Leeper, was not able to attend the cer- emony because she was working. Miss Leeper was graduated from Mackinac Island Public School in May and played volleyball throughout her school years. She plans to attend Michigan State University and wants to study missionary work.

Father Rey Garcia from Ste. Anne's Church spoke at the coronation. He told the court the challenge in life is to remain grateful and have a good heart.

"Intellect and charm are nothing if it's not coupled with good heart," he said. "Good heart speaks to all."

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