Students, faculty, administrators and parents at Marian Catholic High School, Hometown, continued a long-standing tradition of honoring Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother, during the school's annual May Procession observance on Friday.
The event took place during the morning Mass that preceded classes, followed by the crowning of the Blessed Mother by Emily Burger, daughter of Glen and Jane Burger of Drums, who had been selected as the school's May Queen.
Members of her court were: Jeanne Cannon, daughter of Michael and Michelle Cannon, Coaldale; Shannon Skotek, daughter of Leo and Lisa Skotek, McAdoo; and Carlie Possessky daughter of John and Karen Possessky, Ringtown.
Marian High School has held this annual tribute since it was founded in 1954, a year that was dedicated to the Blessed Mother and called "The Marian Year." It was then that Archbishop John F. O'Hara decided to combine three existing schools (St. Jerome, Tamaqua; St. Mary's, Coaldale; and St. Ann's, Lansford) into one diocesan high school. The new central high school was and still is staffed by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sister Bernard Agnes of that order currently serves as school principal.
At Marian, Burger has been a consistent honor roll student, and a member of the National Honor Society, holding the position of treasurer. She is also a member of the Peer Listeners, Student Council, Marian chorus and Green Club. She was recently awarded the Bishop's Youth Award for the Diocese of Scranton.
The Rev. Kenneth Medve, the school's chaplain, celebrated the Mass.