Proud Papa, Katie’s Dad

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Katie Batz is the cute one on the left. The others don't stand a chance.

The Swedes lift up the tradition of St. Lucia with nearly the same zest as Americans celebrate Football. If you get what I mean, then you know that December 9th is the Super Bowl…because that’s St. Lucia Day. Just last week Melinda and I learned that our daughter Katie was selected to the St. Lucia Court at Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota. That’s a big deal, because Gustavus is the Swedish Harvard (of the Midwest), and they have been idolizing St. Lucia for a long time.

For almost 150 years, five second-year girl students (we used to call them sophomores) are chosen by their classmates to be on the St. Lucia Court. The five are really happy for each other — but they all secretly hope to be chosen as THE ONE AND ONLY Gustavus St. Lucia at an elaborate Chapel service. As parents, we are beaming with pride…and slightly puzzled because we’re just barely Swedish. (Melinda has Swedish blood…and I like Swedish vodka.) Whether she wins or not, Katie is elated to be a part of the Swedish Super Bowl.

Follow this link if you want to know more: http://news.blog.gustavus.edu/2010/11/30/70th-annual-festival-of-st-lucia-is-dec-9/

Stay tuned, we will let you know if she WINS![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

2 Comments

  1. Alan Meier on December 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Congrats proud parents! I hope she is having fun with it.



  2. Wanda Palmer on December 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Beautiful–inside and out! I look forward to hearing more.



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