A brand new addition to the 66th annual Perchville USA winter festival is a Junior King and Queen.
Festival organizers are thrilled to announce that the very first Junior King and Queen are John Rogers, of Holy Family School, and Anna Young, of Tawas Area Middle School.
The Junior Royalty were nominated by their peers and selected from area 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students, with selection criteria similar to the adults. “The Junior King and Queen were chosen based on outstanding character, community service, leadership, and academic achievement,” explained Janel Malone, Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce managing director. “The junior royalty will preside over the Family Tent during Perchville, and get to take part in many of the Perchville activities.”
John Rogers, the Junior King, is in 6th grade at Holy Family School and is very involved in the school and the community. He is an altar server for both adult and children’s Mass, plays on the Ravens football team, the Holy Family basketball team, Tawas area soccer and spring travel soccer. He is a member of the church Youth Group, volunteers as a server in the school lunch line, and has helped out making Thanksgiving food baskets for the community pantry.
John plays trombone in the school band and enjoys singing, and even knows a little flute, piano, and recorder. His favorite subject is reading and he explains his busy schedule by saying “I just like helping out.” When asked his thoughts when he learned that he had been selected Junior King, John said “I was really excited and happy when my Dad told me, but after that it was hard to concentrate on the Catholic Weekly Report I was working on for school.”
In John’s nomination, a fellow student described him as “Very caring, he will help you up when you are down. John is very honest and courageous – he will go first for anything.”
Holy Family Principal Katie Nimcheski commented “John is not only a stellar student and very engaged in the community, but we love that the kids here recognize his Christ-like qualities and how he embodies a true spirit of kindness and generosity. We are super proud of him.”
John’s parents are Marty and Amy Rogers of East Tawas. John has two sisters, Sophie, an 8th grader at TAHS and Victoria (Tori), a second grader at Holy Family School.
Anna Young, the Junior Queen, is in 7th grade at Tawas Area Middle School and is very involved in both school and many extracurricular activities. She plays trumpet in the Middle School Band and was selected after a tryout process to participate in the All-Star Band program in Alpena later this month. She also sings and is a member of the church choir at the Church of the Nazarene in East Tawas, where she is a member. She enjoys working with young kids and volunteers at the church daycare and at her aunt’s daycare in National City.
When asked her favorite part of school, Anna answered “I just really like to learn.” Her favorite subject is science, and she likes to read and make crafts, many of which she learned from her late great-grandmother, Esther Freeman.
In the nomination for Anna, student Alexandra Perrot described her friend as “A wonderful person that has so many amazing qualities it’s hard to name them all …She puts others before herself anytime.” The nomination continued, “Anna is modest, kind, caring, fun loving, and much more…she can bring out the best in anybody.”
Principal Pete Newman added, “Anna is a fantastic representative of what we want our students to be: involved, compassionate, and an all-around great individual and student. We are all so proud of her.”
Anna’s thoughts on learning that she had been selected Junior Queen were “I was really excited and then my Mom told me I may not be able to because All Star Band competition was the same day as the Perchville Kick Off Breakfast. I was so happy when Mr. Newman told me everything was all worked out.”
Anna and her family lives in Tawas City. Her mother is Pam Young, and she has two older brothers, Uriah, a sophomore at TAHS and Isaac, a freshman at TAHS.
For 66 years, there has been adult Perchville royalty recognized in honor of their generous spirit and dedication to our community. This year’s adult King and Queen were announced last week and are Mike and Judy Merluzzi. Perchville weekend is Thursday February 4th through Sunday February 7th.
On Saturday, January 30th at 10:00 a.m., the public is invited to the Perchville Kick-Off Breakfast at the East Tawas Community Center to witness the crowning of all the Perchville royalty. Admission to the breakfast celebration is just a $5 Perchville button, which are on sale at local businesses throughout town and will be sold at the breakfast.
Attendees will also have the chance to enjoy watching the start of the Second Annual Amazing Perchville Race immediately following the breakfast. The race event pits teams of two against each other to compete in physical, mental, and sometimes just plain silly challenges over the course of the day. The community is invited to follow the race teams around the Tawases as they compete for the chance to be named Champions of the 2016 Amazing Perchville Race and win cash prizes of $1,000.