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Texas Rose Festival October 18 to 21: Meet the Court

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TYLER (TYLER PAPER) - Young women from Tyler families are featured in the Texas Rose Festival as the rose queen, duchess of the rose festival and the ladies-in-waiting.

These members of the queen's court, along with queen's attendants, the out-of-town duchesses and their escorts will take center stage during Queen's Coronation, the formal presentation of the women in their custom-made gowns culminating with the crowning of Haley McGrede Anderson as queen of the 2012 Texas Rose Festival.

"Indochine: Year of the Dragon" is the theme of the coronation, which plays out on a lavish set at The University of Texas at Tyler's R. Down Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center. The coronation matinee, technically a dress rehearsal, is set for 2 p.m. and the Queen's Coronation at 7 p.m., both on Oct. 19.
Members of the queen's court will also be featured during the Rose Parade and Queen's Tea, both set for Oct. 20.


ROSE QUEEN

Haley McGrede Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rowe McGrede Anderson, is a communications and marketing major at The University of Alabama and a graduate of All Saints Episcopal School. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Marvin United Methodist Church.

While at the University of Alabama, Miss Anderson volunteered in disaster relief efforts after a tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Ala. She has been on competitive cheerleading and hip-hop dance teams and was named an All American cheerleader. She attended Camp Mystic for five years. While at All Saints she was active in Art, Spanish, Green and Culinary Arts clubs and Young Life.

Miss Anderson has represented Tyler in the Waco Cotton Pageant Festival and Nacogdoches Heritage Festival. Her community service includes the Junior Symphony League where she received a Windsor Award, and volunteering with Missions Week, Meals on Wheels, East Texas Food Bank and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Family's festival participation history:

- mother, Betty Anderson: trainbearer to the queen, a lady-in-waiting and served on Rose Show, Queen's Tea, Queen's Coronation, Rose Sunday and festival kickoff;
- father, Rowe Anderson, Order of the Rose president;
- aunt, Emily Gordon Gabriel, lady-in-waiting;
- uncle, Gus Allen Gordon, escort
- cousins, Kay Elizabeth Fair, Mary-Martha Fair and Virginia Rice Fair, all rose queens;
- sister, Virginia Winston Anderson, a trainbearer and duchess of the Rose Festival.

Miss Anderson's attendants include two of her cousins, Hadley Hills Brewer, trainbearer; and Richard Garrett Gowin, scepter bearer. Other family members who have served include Janice Rowe Clapp, Mary Rowe Chilton, James Fair, Wood Fair, Janet Ray Hills and Bart and Fairfax Fair.

Other Tyler family members are Tom Gordon, Joy Gordon Rowe and Jane McGrede Anderson, all grandparents.


DUCHESS OF THE ROSE FESTIVAL

 
Joy Lynn Ramey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry King Ramey, is a fashion merchandising major at Baylor University and a graduate of Grace Community School. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and Grace Community Church.

Miss Ramey has an extensive background in dance having both danced at Dance-N-Drill for 16 years and worked as a dance instructor assistant. She also was the captain of the dance squad at Grace Community School. In high school she also was in pom squad and choir and received academic recognition for excellence in algebra.

She was an officer in the Junior Symphony League and received the WSL's Windsor Award for service.

Family's festival participation history:

- mother, Lynn Archer Ramey, Queen's Coronation choreographer and director;
- father, Henry King Ramey, escort, Order of the Rose president;
- great-grandfather, Thomas B. Ramey, a festival founder and festival president;
- grandfather, Thomas B. Ramey Jr., festival president and Order of the Rose president;
- grandmother, Laura Jill King Ramey, lady-in-waiting and rose queen;
- aunt, Claire Ramey Turner, rose queen;
- uncle, Thomas B. Ramey III, escort, Order of the Rose president and festival president;
- brother, Archer King Ramey, royal page to the queen and escort;
- cousins, Grace Hartley Ramey, queen's attendant and rose queen; Laura Stacy Ramey, duchess of the festival; Catherine Noel King, rose queen; Claire Elizabeth Chilton, queen's attendant and lady-in-waiting; Mary Caroline Wylie and Virginia Wylie, both duchesses; Jacquelyn King, queen's attendant; and Thomas Scott Chilton, escort
- uncle, Jack King Jr., festival president;
- aunts, Caroline King Wylie and Elizabeth King Chilton, ladies-in-waiting.


THE LADIES-IN-WAITING

Sterling Taylor Borah, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Owen Shaver and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cameron Borah, is an education major at Tyler Junior College and a graduate of Chapel Hill High School. She attends Friendly Baptist Church.

She was a UCA All-American Cheerleader having cheered at TJC and Chapel Hill High School. In high school she was an honor graduate, and active in government, student organizations and athletics being named All District in track. Miss Borah received the YMCA Leadership Award and has volunteered with Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, March of Dimes, Katherine House and Red Cross.

Family's festival participation history:

- Lindsey Shaver Harrison, Claire Christian Shaver, Macy Shaver Middleton and Lauren Elizabeth Bibby, all ladies-in-waiting;
- Judson Brown Bibby, escort.

Other Tyler relatives include Sandra Kaye Taylor, grandmother; Shelly Denise Taylor, aunt; Spencer Luke Borah, Robert Shafen Borah and John Slater Borah, all brothers; and Marilie Summer Borah, sister.

Ashley Fentress Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Bennett of Tyler and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Brown of Houston is a business communication major at the University of Mississippi and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and attends Marvin United Methodist Church.

She received a Junior Symphony League's Windsor Award, JH Ranch Summer Camp Leadership Award and University of Mississippi's Academic Excellence Scholarship. She has volunteered for East Texas Food Bank, Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure and the Ready, Set, Teach tutoring program. She has been on competitive cheer teams.

Family's festival participation history:

- mother, Melissa Bennett, Queen's Tea, Ladies Luncheon and Queen's Coronation;
- step-father, Loren Bennett, Order of the Rose, Queen's Coronation and Queen's Ball;
- grandfather, George Rowe, Order of the Rose, Strutters, Rose Parade grand marshal;
- step-grandmother Linda Rowe, Queen's Coronation, Queen's Tea, Ladies Luncheon, Rose Festival Executive Committee and Winter Gala;
- aunts, Ashley Rowe Randall, Ladies Luncheon and Queen's Tea; and Katherine Ann Rowe, Queen's Tea, Queen's Coronation and lady-in-waiting.
- uncles, Mark Randall, escort; and Trey Rowe, Queen's Tea volunteer.

Other Tyler relatives include Matthew Rowe Brown and Andrew Bass Brown, both brothers; Lauren Rachel Brown, sister; Judy Bass Rowe, Mr. and Mrs. George Rowe, and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald O. Bennett, all grandparents and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Randall, uncle and aunt.

Claire Elizabeth Chilton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Scott Chilton, is an international studies major at the University of Oklahoma and a graduate of All Saints Episcopal School. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and Grace Community Church.

At the University of Oklahoma, Miss Chilton volunteers at Second Chance, Champions are Readers, OU Cousins, and Campus Activities Council. She is on the University of Oklahoma Presidents Honor Roll and is a member of the International Affairs Society. While in high school, Miss Chilton served as French Club president and was TAPPS tennis state doubles qualifier. She was also a member of the Junior Symphony League.

Family's festival participation history:

- mother, Elizabeth King Chilton, trainbearer and lady-in-waiting;
- father, Thomas Scott Chilton, Order of the Rose;
- brother, Thomas Scott Chilton, Jr., escort;
- grandfather, Jack King, Sr., Order of the Rose president;
- grandmother, Mrs. Jack King, Sr., ball chairman and tea chairman;
- uncle, Jack King, Jr., escort and president, Texas Rose Festival;
- aunt, Caroline King Wylie, lady-in-waiting;
- great aunt, Laura Jill King Ramey, lady-in-waiting and queen;
- great uncle, Tom Ramey, Jr., president, Texas Rose Festival and Order of the Rose;
- cousins, Mary Caroline Wylie, duchess; Virginia Wylie, duchess; Tom Ramey III, Texas Rose Festival president and Order of the Rose; King Ramey, escort and Order of the Rose president; Lynn Ramey, choreographer and director; Joy Ramey, duchess of the Texas Rose Festival; Jack King III, escort; Frances King, lady-in-waiting; Katherine Noel King, queen; and Jacquelyn King, scepter bearer;

Meredith Clark Cozby,, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wilson Cozby, is an accounting major at the University of Arkansas and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and Marvin United Methodist Church.

In college she is in the Walton School of Business Honors Program and in Leadership Walton. In high school she was in the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society and graduated in the top 5 percent of her class. Miss Cozby served as a class officer and was on the drill team and cross country team. She received a Junior Symphony League Windsor Award for service and volunteered as an Azalea and Spring Flower Trail Azalea Belle. She represented Tyler in the Waco Cotton Palace Festival.

Family's festival participation history:

- mother, Mary Ann Cozby, Queen's Coronation, assistant to the festival president and Winter Gala;
- father, Raymond Wilson Cozby III, escort, Queen's Coronation and Order of the Rose;
- brother, Raymond Wilson Cozby IV, escort, Queen's Tea;
- grandmother, Bettye Gleith Cobb, Queen's Coronation Maid of Honor;
- grandfather, R. Wilson Cozby Jr., escort and Order of the Rose;
- uncles, Christopher Clark Cozby and Andrew Jay Cozby, both escorts;
- aunt, Gleith Elizabeth Cozby, lady-in-waiting;
- cousins, Blakeley Ann Cozby and Janelle Petty Chapman, both duchesses; and Zachary Reynolds Chapman, escort.

Other Tyler relatives are Mr. and Mrs. David Cobb and John David Cobb.

Amelia Caroline Ewert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher James Ewert, is a business and economics major at Southern Methodist University and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and First Presbyterian Church.

In high school she was a cheerleader on school and competitive squads and in National Honor Society. She was a member of Junior Symphony League and has volunteered for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Family's festival participation history:

- sister, Adrienne Claire Ewert, lady-in-waiting;
- mother, Cissy Ewert, Queen's Tea and Festival Kickoff Party.

Other Tyler relatives include Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Hammett and Lottie Bluestein, all grandparents.

April Marie Feliciano, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jose A. Feliciano Jr. of Tyler, is an economics major at Collin College in Frisco and a graduate of Grace Community School.

She has received awards for art, taken part in leadership training and volunteered for organizations including American Cancer Society and Salvation Army.

Family's festival participation history:

- mother, Wanda Feliciano, Queen's Ball, Queen's Tea and many other roles;
- father, Jose Feliciano, Order of Rose and Queen's Coronation.

Other Tyler relatives are Edie Feliciano, grandmother; John Feliciano, uncle; Jeff and Marci Feliciano, uncle and aunt; and Jacob, Julia and Jenna Feliciano, all cousins.

Powell Campbell Fitzgerald, daughter of Ann Fitzgerald of Tyler and Mr. and Mrs. Buster Fitzgerald of Chandler, attends the University of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Marvin United Methodist Church.

She received the Boren Scholarship to attend Oklahoma University and is on the college honor roll and Activities Council. At Lee she was the commencement speaker, a student government representative and on the drill team. She also was in Junior Symphony League, honored by the Rotary Club and active in her church youth group.

Family's festival participation history:

- father, Buster Fitzgerald, escort;
- mother, Ann Fitzgerald, Queen's Coronation.
- sister, Brooke Lackey Fitzgerald, lady-in-waiting;
- brothers, Taylor Wesley Fitzgerald and Jackson Lee Fitzgerald, both escorts;

Other Tyler relatives include Mrs. Wesley C. Brashear and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Fitzgerald, grandparents; Nell Warren, great aunt; and Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wylie and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Fitzgerald, aunts and uncles.

Samantha Sims Fulgham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cullom Walker III and the late John Rawles Fulgham III, is a psychology and marketing major at the University of Alabama and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Marvin United Methodist Church.

In high school she was a cheerleader, a leader in Young Life and on the honor roll. She has volunteered for the East Texas Food Bank and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Family's festival participation history:

- mother, Wendy Hightower Fulgham Walker, lady-in-waiting, Queen's Coronation, Marketing Committee and Queen's Tea;
- sister, Hallye Sue Fulgham, lady-in-waiting;
- brother, Jack Fulgham, escort;
- cousins, Lily Hightower, queen's attendant; Zach Hightower, escort; and Lauren Townsend, lady-in-waiting;
- grandfather, Dick Hightower, Order of the Rose.

Other Tyler relatives include; Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Hightower, uncle and aunt; Hannah Hightower, cousin; Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hightower, uncle and aunt; Katie Hightower and Erin Hightower, cousins; and Mr. and Mrs. Ken Towsend, Mr. and Mrs. Brad Towsend and Garrett Townsend, all cousins.

Hillary Claire Hancock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hancock, is a business and marketing major at Texas Christian University and a graduate of All Saints Episcopal School. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Marvin United Methodist Church.

At TCU she is on the honor roll and in Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In high school she won awards for art and participated in Young Life and sports. She received a Junior Symphony League Gertrude Windsor Award and has volunteered for Marvin Methodist Mission Week, American Cancer Society and Four-As-One Community Service.

Family's festival participation history:

- father, Brian Patrick Hancock, Order of the Rose;
- mother, Jan Plummer Hancock, Queen's Coronation, Rose Show, Queen's Tea and Rose Sunday;
- and brother, Bryson Patrick Hancock, escort to Rose Queen Mary Lawson Bracken Walden.

Elise Marie Martin and Kaitlin Reid Martin are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Reid William Martin.

Elise Martin is a natural sciences major at The University of Texas at Austin and a graduate of Robert E. Lee high School. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and attends Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Miss Martin received a Top 10 Scholarship to UT Austin and was area rush captain for Kappa Kappa Gamma. In high school she was a cheerleader in Young Life and recognized for academic excellence. Her service includes KKG Philanthropy, Reading Is Fundamental and the Texas Bank & Trust Student Board.

Kaitlyn Martin is an international studies major at Texas State University and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High school. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and attends Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

In high school she received honors for academic excellence and was in Young Life and on the drill team and other dance teams. Her community service includes Chi Omega Philanthropy Make a Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels and Texas Bank & Trust Student Board.

Family's festival participation history:

- father, Reid Martin, escort, Order of the Rose and Strutters;
- mother, Stacy Martin, Queen's Tea, and Queen's Coronation;
- sisters, Courtney Elizabeth Martin, lady-in-waiting; and Olivia Hayes Martin, Queen's Tea junior hostess;
- aunts, Kathy Snider Reid, Becky Snider Tillson and Jennifer Snider Holland, all ladies-in-waiting;
- uncle, Trey Snider, escort;
- grandmothers, Elizabeth Snider and Jodi Martin, festival volunteers.

Their other Tyler relatives include Dr. Walter Herd Snider Jr. and. Fred William Martin II, grandparents; and Taylor Dawn Tillson and Abigail Claire Tillson, cousins.

Stephanie Marie McAndrew, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Douglas McAndrew of Tyler, is a sport management major at The University of Texas at Austin and a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and attends Grace Community Church.

In high school Ms. McAndrew was in student senate, choir and National Honor Society. She was a state TAPPS champion in hurdles, was on the school's state winning tennis team and competed in volleyball and basketball. She was also in Junior Symphony League and Student Leadership University and has volunteered for Salvation Army, East Texas Food Bank, Operation Christmas Child and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Family's festival participation history:

- mother, Cynthia McAndrew, Rose Ball and Rose Show, Men's Luncheon and Queen's Coronation;
- aunt, Karen Wailes Norton, Rose Ball and Queen's Tea.

Other Tyler residents include Dr. Michael Norton, uncle; and Christina Norton, Kathryn Norton and Caroline Norton, cousins.

Sarah Jane Pinkston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Pinkston, is a nursing major at the University of Oklahoma and a graduate of Grace Community School. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Bethel Bible Church.

She has been a nationally ranked junior tennis player and is now competing on the OU tennis team. In high school she was a TAPPS state tennis champion and also won honors in long-distance running and choir. She has volunteered for Special Olympics, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association and Christmas Child and has served on medical mission trips.

Family's festival participation history:

- father, Steven Pinkston, escort;
- mother Cathy Pinkston, party chairman;
- brother, Ben Pinkston, escort;
- uncle, Scott Pinkston, escort;
- aunt Linda Yates, duchess;
- cousins, Elizabeth Yates and Caroline Yates, both duchesses; and Jack Yates, escort.

Elisa Marie Reynolds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey C. Reynolds of Tyler, is a theater major at Tyler Junior College and a graduate of All Saints Episcopal School. She attends Green Acres Baptist Church.

She sang in Carnegie Hall with her school state choir and performed in the school's production of "Guys and Dolls." She also participated in cheerleading and tennis. Miss Reynolds has volunteered with Make A Wish and the Humane Society.

Family's festival participation history:

- brother Jeffrey Baynes Reynolds, escort;
- sister, Karen Paige Reynolds, lady-in-waiting;
- mother, Karen Reynolds, Queen's Tea, Queen's Coronation and Ladies Luncheon.

Other Tyler relatives include Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Clouse, grandparents.

Kelli Anne Riley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Cornel Riley, is a communications major at Texas A&M University and a graduate of All Saints Episcopal School. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and Green Acres Baptist Church.

She received a Junior Symphony League Windsor Award. In high school she was a cheerleader and volunteered for St. Jude Children's Research hospital fundraisers and American Cancer Society.

Family's festival participation:

- mother, Andrea Riley, parade liaison and Queen's Coronation;
- grandmother, Karen Riley, Queen's Tea and Queen's Coronation.

Other Tyler relatives include Curtis Riley, brother; the Rev. and Mrs. Curtis Crofton, grandparents; the Rev. and Mrs. Andrew Allen, great-grandparents; Mr. and Mrs. Stan Riley, uncle and aunt; and Lee Ann Riley, aunt.

Claire Frances Roberts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Travis Roberts Jr., is a child and family studies and a nursing major at Baylor University and a graduate of All Saints School. She is a member of Chi Omega sorority and attends Christ Episcopal Church.

At Baylor she is a Provost Gold Scholar and a member of Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society and Freshman Class Council. In high school she was a cheerleader and in National Honor Society. She was awarded Rotary Youth Leadership Award and Junior Symphony League Windsor Award for service. Miss Roberts also took part in church mission trips.

She previously served in the Rose Festival as an attendant and dresser.

Family's festival participation history:

- mother, Leslie Roberts, Rose Parade television emcee; Queen's Coronation and Queen's Tea.

Other Tyler relatives include Mr. and Mrs. David Evan Griffiths, grandparents; and Travis Roberts, brother.

Mary Caroline Selden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Selden, is a finance major at the University of Mississippi and a graduate of The Brook Hill School. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and attends Marvin United Methodist Church.

She was an All-State softball player and was on the basketball and volleyball teams. Miss Selden received the Brook Hill Heart Award, Potential and Character Award and Distinguished Christian High School Athletic awards. She served as an Azalea and Spring Flower Trail Azalea Belle and volunteered at the East Texas Food Bank, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Country For Our Country.

Family's Rose Festival participation:

- sister, Elizabeth Selden Brown, duchess.

Sarah Michele Stair, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary D. Stair, is a nursing major at Oklahoma University and is a graduate of The Brook Hill School. She is a member of Delta Gamma sorority and attends Dayspring United Methodist Church.

In high school she was active in soccer and cross country and served as a varsity cheerleader. She also was a member of the National Honor Society and Junior Symphony League and was selected as Rotary Club Senior of the Year.

Rachel Catherine Tullos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Roland Arnold and Mr. and Mrs. James Nathan Tullos Jr., is a biology major at The University of Texas at Tyler and a graduate of Bullard High School. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi and attends Green Acres Baptist Church.

At UT Tyler, she is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi leadership society.

She graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and was a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Math Club. She received honors for church mission work

Family's Rose Festival participation:

- sister, Kelsey Elizabeth Tullos, lady-in-waiting;
- mother, Lora Clyde Arnold, rose queen;
- grandfather, William Randolph Clyde, trainbearer and escort;
- aunt, Ellenor Welch, trainbearer and lady-in-waiting;
- uncle, David Wiley Clyde, scepter bearer;
- great-aunt, Katherine Clyde Ramsay, rose queen;
- cousins, Lexi Jean Counahan, Queen's Tea; Sarah Elizabeth Clyde, rose queen; Abigail Slade Clyde, attendant; James Michael Clyde, scepter bearer; Lauren Ferrell Clyde, trainbearer; John Kittrell Clyde, escort; Anna Elizabeth Clyde Malone, rose queen; Whitney Ramsay Asay, duchess; Sydney Greathouse, scepter bearer; Andrew Clyde, escort; Leigh Agnew Clyde, lady-in-waiting; Nelson Clyde IV, escort; Patsy Elise Clyde Chandler, rose queen; and Carol Clyde Wilson, rose princess.

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