The Festival of Saint Lucia

History at Gustavus

The Festival of St. Lucia has been celebrated at Gustavus since 1941.

As a school founded by Swedish immigrants, the Gustavus Adolphus College community has found it appropriate to keep some of the Swedish traditions alive.  This means that on our campus we do serve Scandinavian heritage foods like lutefisk and lefse at banquets and since 1941 the campus has celebrated the festival of St. Lucia.  

Six sophomore women are chosen to be a part of the Court of St. Lucia.  The women are chosen by their peers honoring the qualities of the legendary Lucia. In an effort to keep the tradition relevant to today, the selection process changed in 2011 to be more based upon qualities of the legendary Lucia that can be universally celebrated. The selection of the court and Lucia is a two step process.  First, the campus community is invited to submit nominations of any sophomore woman who exemplifies the qualities of courageous leadership, service to others, strength of character, and compassion and therefore is a light to others. These women do not have to have a Swedish connection or the ability to sing (since the court goes caroling in the early morning). Sophomore women then vote who should be on the court. The highest three nominees are included. Then the Guild of St. Lucia, a senior honors society, reviews the remaining nominations and selects up to three more women to serve on the court with the goal of having the court be representative of the sophomore class.

From this court, the campus is invited to select one woman to represent St. Lucia.  Also included in the campus festival are children of employees who are 5-7years old and are star children or tompten, which also keeps with the traditions of the Swedish celebration.

Year

Queen

Attendants

 

1941

Phyllis Westegard Lornell ‘44

LaVerne Johnson Lofgren ‘42
Lorraine Rule Sheldon ’43
Irene Hendrickson Klain ‘44

 

1942

Carol Marti Langsjoen ‘45

Lavinia Bloom Bloomquist ‘45
Phyllis Schulberg Holmer ‘46

 

1943

Ruth Peterson Graves ‘46

 

 

1944

D. M. Hallstrom Field ‘47

Fern Erickson Bennett ‘45

 

1945

Lorraine Johnson Leaf ‘48

Lorraine Berg Oman ‘48
Marieta Thorson McCauslin '48
Jean Carlson ‘48
Charlene Ingman Enyart ’48
Doris Hallstrom Mundy ’48 

1945 lucia

1946

Frances Quist Hedlun ‘49

Beverly Ulrich Gustafson '49
Miriam Bloom Curtis ‘49
Joan Johnson Sorenson ‘49
Helen Johnson Carter ‘49
Margaret Asp Hanson ‘49

1946 Lucia

1947

Alice Milton Carlson ‘50

Mary Joan Nelson Carlson ‘50
Dorothy Anderson Colburn ‘50
Donna Lee Benson Barnett ‘50
Thea Marander Anderson ‘50

 1947 Lucia

1948

Carol Matson Holcombe ‘51

JoAnn Anderson
Gloria Anderson Samelian ‘52
Virginia Heed Wagner ‘52
Ingrid Carlson Dipprey ‘51
Bonnie Feehan Klucking ‘51
Dorothy Johnson '51

 1948 Lucia

1949

Joan Onkka Peterson ‘52

Donna Swenson Smith ‘52
Carol Eiselein Lee ‘52

 1949 Lucia

1950

Evelyn Swenson  Skjelbostad ‘52

 

 

1951

Betty Lindstrand Abrahamson ‘54

 

 1951 Lucia

1952

Lois Anderson

Joan Peterson Langseth ‘55
Maxine Gullander Johnson ‘55
Pat Johnson Hall ’55

 1952 Lucia

1953

Lucy Fogelstrom DeRemee ‘56

Pauline Anderson Dee ‘56
Kathy Lundgren Peterson ‘56
Charlotte Swansson Erickson ‘56
Marlene Johnson Adami ‘56

 1953 Lucia

1954

Barb Bredsten Stephens ‘57

Beth Carlson Helgoe ‘57
Jo Davis ‘57 
Joyce Kirkvold Knoll ‘57
Marlys Mattson Nelson ‘57

 1954 Lucia

1955

Nancy Jo Johnson Peterson ‘58

Bev Duncan Anderson ‘58
Carolyn Lund Sandvig ‘58
Martha Telleen Peterson ‘58

 1955 Lucia

1956

Anita Lien Anderson ‘59

Sandy Anderson ‘59
Fonda Dahl Lunde ‘59
Evelyn Hedman Ahlberg ‘59
Shari Olson Blenkush ’59

 1956 Lucia

1957

Mary McCreary Teppen ‘60

 

 1957 Lucia

1958

Arnette Johnson Nelson ‘61

Nancy Dahl Carlson ‘61
Jo Swenson Lippert ‘61
Britta Olofsson ‘61

 1958 Lucia

1959

Lena Carlson Vang ‘62

Rosalyn Johnson Anderson ‘62
Mary Linnerooth Petersen ‘62
Karen Peterson Erickson ‘62

 1959 Lucia

1960

Ginny Larson Jones ‘63

Abby Arthur Johnson ‘63
Nancy Gustafson Peterson ’63
Jan Spilseth Rodning ‘63
Ruth Sammelson Rothchild ‘63
Ruth Anderson Tillquist ‘63

 1960 Lucia

1961

Emmy Hanson Abello ‘64

Linda Lundgren
Carolyn Johnson
Carolyn Kruger ‘64
Lorene Sponberg Coffman ‘64

 1961 Lucia

1962

Joyce Pick Vigness ‘65

Nancy Anderson Perrier ‘65
Ann Gustafson Mallett ‘65
Gun Sellin ‘66
Tonita Tweet Kampen ‘65

 1962 Lucia

1963

Charlotte Peterson Senske ‘66

Mary Ann Hanson Berdan ’66
Cathy Esser Sattler ‘66
Sue Tillman Hallin ‘66
Pam Romness Jambeck ‘66

 1963 Lucia

1964

Linda Kenning Olson ‘67

Jamie Behrens Dent ‘67
Judy Gustafson Von Ahsen ‘67
Joanne Kemp Rouzi ‘67
Marcie Lorimer Carlson ‘67

 1964 Lucia

1965

Kathleen Peterson Del Pino ’68

Anne Berg Carlson ‘68
Chris Hestad Tennessen ‘68
Kris Holmberg Jackman ’68
Evonelle Kittelson Gustafson ‘68

 1965 Lucia

1966

Christine Lundahl Lunz ‘69

Cindy Blomquist Gustavson ‘69
Tony Dangelo Boie ‘69
Marty Peterson Diller ‘68
Sue Walman Engelbert ‘69

 1966 Lucia

1967

Jackie J. Anderson ‘70

Kathy Draxton Bohmeyer ‘70
Pattie Carlson ‘70
Carol Kingbay Kuhl ‘70
Sandy Qualley Kuehn ‘70
Mary Kaye Springer ‘70

 1967 Lucia

1968

Mary Parkin Rasmussen ‘71

Michelle Peiffer Henrichsen ‘71
Natalie Peterson Torkelson ‘71
Billee Kraut ‘71
Pam Stillwell Keefe ‘71

 1968 Lucia

1969

Marcia Odegard Davis ’72

JoanneGunderson
Sue Hanson Zietz ‘72
Ruth Pearson McCutcheon ’72
Barb Sjogren ‘71

 1969 Lucia

1970

Gratia Hokanson Johnson ‘73

Ivy Schutz Bernhardson ‘73
Yvonne Carter Neils ‘73
Becky Mueller ‘73
Yvonne Skar Eide ‘73

 1970 Lucia

1971

Jeanell Anderson Benson ‘74

Joelle Olson Bass ’74
Jan Ledin Michaeltz ‘74
Jill Lindquist Hanson ‘74
Debbie Johnson

 1971 Lucia

1972

Margaret Fagerholm ‘75

Jeanne Okerman '75
Joy Nelson '75
Debbie Hanson '75
Heidi Hayden '75

 1972 Lucia

1973

Jerrilyn Victorsen Thompson ‘76

   1973 Lucia

1974

Catherine Johnson Jahde '77

Peggy Mckimm '77 
Kathy Farm '77 
Jody Knutson '77 
Holly Berkley '77 
 1974 Lucia

1975

Gretchen Bingea ‘78

Nancy Nelson '78
Tania Haver '78 
Kathy Aleckson '78
Karen Benson '78
 

 1975 Lucia

1976

Dawn Leland-Heino ‘79

Louise Kunnar '79 
Renee Langendorf '79 
Cynthia C. Johnson '79
Sonja Thompson '79


 

 1976 Lucia

1977

Michele Eddy Pollman ‘80

Sara Christenson '80
Kris Borg '80
Vicki Peterson '80
Mary Schoper '80

 1977 Lucia

1978

Naomi Hokanson Palmquist ‘81

Linnea Leaf '81
Carolyn Peterson '81
Jane Odden '81
Sara Sandvig '81
 

 1978 Lucia

1979

Lori Bergstrand Swenson ‘82

Lisa Deremee '82
Tina Harjes '82
Betsy Johnson '82
Karen Mathias '82

 1979 Lucia

1980

Brita DeRemee Taracks ‘83

Sue Bjorling '83 
Lisa Lackmann '83
Lisa Holt '83
Kim Beyer '83

 1980 Lucia

1981

Susan Astrup Lundquist ‘84

Becky Helgeson Grassau ‘84
Carole Sorensen McMonigal ‘84
Ruth Walker Larson ‘84
Lisa Carlson Crenshaw ‘84
Britta Hunter McColl ‘84

 1981 Lucia

1982

Beth Reckdahl Ellenby ‘85

Jenny Baer '85
Chris Barrett '85
Deidre Dahlstorm '85
Joe Nord '85

 1982 Lucia

1983

Lynda Severson Belgum ‘86

Marie Walker '86
Rebecca Holt '86
Leslie Boyer '86
Mary Erie '86

 1983 Lucia

1984

Carolyn Falk Sund ‘87

Linda Lovegreen '87
Susan Barley '87
Traci Goethe '87
Jenny Lange '87
Linda Craig '87

 1984 Lucia

1985

Susan Koch Myers ‘88

 

 1985 Lucia

1986

Lisa Rydeski Pederson ‘89

Betsy Sandberg '89
Basma Ibrahim '89
Jenna Selover '89
Julie Knutson '89

 1986 Lucia

1987

Margaret Anderson Kelliher ‘90

Liesl Batz '90
Monica Hildebrandy '90
Carrie Olstad '90
Mary Sutherland '90

 1987 Lucia

1988

Lori Seastrand ‘91

Kristin Jungas '91
Martha Maiers '91
Jodie Mullen '91
Cathy Ten '91

 1988 Lucia

1989

Peg Haroldson Benson ‘92

   

1990

AnaLisa Hackmann DeGrave ‘93

Sara Edomonds '93
Kelly Morse '93
Janeen Laatsch '93
Rebecca Bengston '93

 1990 Lucia

1991

Alice Barry-Anderson ‘94

Heidi Thelen Maes ‘94
Trish Madden ‘94
Kara Parker ‘94
Johanna Olson ‘94

 1991 Lucia

1992

Angela Carlson LaJoy ‘95

Gina Goick Mangum ‘95
Amy Seidel ‘95
Holly Grefe ‘95
Joy Winter Wituk ‘95

 1992 Lucia

1993

Laura LeVander ‘96

Leah Abraham ‘96
Alison Ashmore ‘96
Jody Olson ‘96
Kristen Paap Genet ‘96

 

1994

Tara Zahler ‘97

Kara Buckner ‘97
Maren Henry Rasmussen ‘97
Eva Rychly ‘97
Melissa Stirn ‘97

 St. Lucia 1994

1995

Keegan O’Brien ‘98

Ivy Borgstrom ‘98
Heather McClelland ‘98
Kjersten Moody ‘98
LaDawn Osmundson ‘98

 1993 Lucia

1996

Ann Melchert ‘99

Heather Oberdeck ‘99
Heidi Moldenhauer ‘99
Ann Miller ‘99
Amy Riese ‘99
Allison Finkenbinder ‘99

 1996 Lucia

1997

Callista Brown ‘00

Ahna Bersagel ‘00
Laura Carlson ‘00
Joleen Caron ‘00
Jessica Johnson Schmidt ‘00

 1997 Lucia

1998

Juanita Diller Olsen ‘01

Leslie Bachman ‘01
Rachel Barnitz ‘01
Karena Erickson ‘01
Julie Fossell ‘01

 1998 Lucia

1999

Misti Koop ‘02

Leah Langehaug ‘02
Katherine Medbery ‘02
Julie Quello ‘02
Courtney Walker ‘02

 1999 Lucia

2000

Rebecca Harrington ‘03

Catherine “Jade” Bakke ‘03
Titilope Cole-Adeniyi ‘03
Robbi Palombi ‘03
Lauren Swanstrom ‘03

 2000 Lucia

2001

Heather McGregor ‘04

 

Erinn Danielson ‘04
Ann Humburg ‘04
Megan Schliep ‘04
Rebekah Towner ‘04

 2001 Lucia

2002

Hannah Julien 

Linnea Bjorkman '05
Leah Jarvis '05
Claire Anderson '05
Elizabeth Wojahn '05

 2002 Lucia

2003

Hannah Johnson ’06

Marisa Mancini ‘06
Gina Quiram ‘06
Lindsey Reimnitz ‘06
Kristy Wilke ‘06

 2003 Lucia

2004

Megan Buckingham ‘07

 

Tessa Carlsen ‘07
Michelle Clark ‘07
Emily Fremont ‘07
Megan Richards ‘07

 2004 Lucia

2005

Emily Barnard ‘08

Alicia Blomquist ‘08
Barbara Guy ‘08
Kathleen LeBlanc ‘08
Carlie Mauss ‘08
Lindsay Peak ‘08
 

 2005 Lucia

2006
Court Announcement

Gretchen Libbey ‘09

 

Holly Andersen ‘09
Delphine Broccard ‘09
Kristin Mummert ‘09
Hannah Wunsch ‘09

 2006 Lucia

2007
Court Announcement

Katelyn Johnson ‘10

Amara Berthelsen ‘10
Chelsea Koepsell ‘10
Cathryn Nelson  ‘10
Hayley O'Connell ‘10

 2007 Lucia

2008
Court Announcement

Rachel Schmitt ‘11

Kim Braun  ‘11
Sarah Cartwright  ‘11
Amber Kirk’11
Megan Myhre ‘11
Bergit Nerheim ‘11

 2008 Lucia

2009
Court Announcement

Jennifer Fox '12

Colleen Peterson '12
Mary Dierkes '12
Anna Swenson '12
Whitney O’Connell '12
Rebecca Hohag '12

 2009 Lucia

2010
Court Announcement

Lainey Mikel '13

Katie Batz '13
Dawn Comstock '13
Ellen Liebe '13
Claire Curran '13

 2010 Lucia

2011
Court Announcement

Jennifer Werness '14

Elizabeth Johnson '14
Annalise Dobbelstein '14
Ellen Krueger '14
Susan Crane '14

 2012 Lucia

2012
Court Announcement

Nicole Eknitphong '15

Maura Bremer '15
Dani Cabrera'15
Carolyn Draayer' 15
Mara LeBlanc' 15
Nikki Rom '15

 2012 Lucia

2013
Court Announcement

Christina Swenson '16

Emily Albrecht '16
Haley Coller '16
Casey Lindquist '16
Hayley Nemmer '16
Mikaela Warner '16

 2013 Lucia

2014
Court Announcement

Janet Jennings '17

Sarah Barnes '17
Rachel Hain '17
Kendyl Landeck '17
Sharon Singh '17
Laura Swenson '17

 2014 Lucia

2015
Court Announcement

Avery Bather '18

Jessica Green '18
Lindsey Kline '18
Leah Moat '18
Gisel Murillo '18
Solveig Svendsen '18

 2015 Lucia

2016
Court Announcement

Alicia Lhotka '19

Elena Gotlick '19  
Daniella Habib '19
Emma Myhre '19
Keliyah Perkins '19
Prabhjot Singh '19

 2016 Lucia