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.

St. Lucia History
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
2017 
Court Announcement

Joy Dunna '20

Joyce Amakoue '20
Sarah Anderson '20
Greta Dupslaff '20
Carly Miller '20
Nicole Willis '20

2017 St. Lucia Court