The Village of Lemont Festival Committee has announced that Kylie Abernathy has been selected as this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Queen.
She will lead the 2013 Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 9, through historic downtown Lemont. The letter nominating the 2013 queen describes her as an intelligent, sensitive, hard working young lady who is a great role model.
The daughter of John and Sheri Abernathy of Lemont, Kylie is a freshman at Western Michigan University, where she is working toward a degree in occupational therapy. She is a member of Sigma Kappa, and serves as the chapter’s historian. Kylie continues her passion for volunteerism by serving the Alzheimer’s Foundation with her sorority sisters. She is also involved in SOTA and Colleges Against Cancer.
A 2012 graduate of Lemont High School, Kylie was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, performed in three Spring Musicals, ran Cross Country for three years and was a member of the LHS Dance Team. She was on the High Honor Roll for all eight semesters at Lemont High School.
The 2013 St. Patrick's Day Queen has served her community in many ways over the past several years. Kylie has attended mission trips with her church youth group (Trinity Lutheran Church in Burr Ridge) to Oklahoma, Missouri and West Virginia, where she helped build decks and pavilions, paint homes, worked on outdoor maintenance of homes and helped lead a vacation Bible school for orphaned Cherokee Indian children.
During the past few summers Kylie has been a one-on-one counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Summer Camp at Camp Red Leaf, where she met many young boys and girls afflicted with the disease. She said she enjoyed working with them and learned a great deal from the experience.
Kylie also was team captain for Relay for Life in Lemont. She led the team “Steps of Hope,” which contributed a significant amount of money to further support cancer research. Her interest in supporting cancer research began when she was in the fourth grade, when she began making and selling bracelets and sent her profits to the Children’s Cancer Research.
“As you can see, Kylie is very active in community service and very deserving of this honor,” said Donna Pecina, marketing coordinator for the Village of Lemont in a press release Friday. “She is also of Irish ancestry, passed down through many generations. We believe she represents all of the qualities the Committee is looking for in the St. Patrick’s Day Queen.”
Editor’s note: The information above is from a press release issued by the Village of Lemont Festival Committee.
For more information or to enter your group in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, call 630-243-2700.
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