Marian crowns May Queen
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The May Queen and her court at Marian High School are, front row, from left, Sarah Connely, Abby Owsinski, May Queen Regina Marzen, Chelsea Sheehan and Angela Pavalko. Back row, Justin Huegel, Justin Jacobs, Dylan Rush, Daniel Lisella and James O'Connor.
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 Monday, May 3.
The event took place during the morning Mass that preceded classes, followed by the crowning of the Blessed Mother by Regina Marzen, daughter of John and Bernadette Marzen, Lehighton, who had been selected to be the school's May Queen.
Members of her court were, Sarah Connely, daughter of Charles and Suzanne Connely, Tamaqua; Abby Owsinski, daughter of Michael and Christine Owsinski, Barnesville; Angela Pavalko, daughter of John Pavalko, Shenandoah and Chelsea Sheehan, daughter of Lynn Sheehan, Jim Thorpe.
The Catholic 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, Marzen is a member of the track team, volleyball, Eucharistic Minister, Green Club and was a cast member of the Senior play, "Jesus Christ Superstar."
The Rev. Ronald Miner and Rev. Kenneth Medve, the school's chaplain, co-celebrated the Mass.