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Posted on Feb 19, 2016 |

McNicholas Honors Volunteers as King and Queen in Tradition Brought from New Orleans

McNicholas Honors Volunteers as King and Queen in Tradition Brought from New Orleans

McNicholas seniors William Kamphaus and Emma Kapp are the school's Mardi Gras King and Queen, in a tradition brought to Cincinnati by the school's founders, Sisters of XX from New Orleans.

McNicholas seniors William Kamphaus and Emma Kapp are the school’s Mardi Gras King and Queen, in a tradition brought to Cincinnati by the school’s founders, Sisters of St. Joseph from New Orleans.

From Archbishop McNicholas High School:

At McNicholas High School (Mt. Washington/Cincinnati), Mardi Gras is about welcoming the Lenten season and celebrating students who have committed themselves to selflessly serving their school and others. Seniors William Kamphaus and Emma Kapp were crowned the 2016 Mardi Gras king and queen at the school’s annual pageant last month.

This year’s theme was “Pieces of One.” To provide focus for the theme, guests heard stories of how the Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded the school, brought the Mardi Gras tradition from their hometown of New Orleans in 1952. Truly unique to McNicholas, it has developed into a tradition celebrating the high school and community service of 40 senior court members and 16 junior and sophomore honor guard members. Votes by peers and faculty accumulate over four years.

This year’s King, William Kamphaus, is the son of Susan and Don Kamphaus and is a member of St. Thomas More parish (Withamsville, OH). He is a four-year dean’s list student and has completed more than 100 hours of service. He was captain of football team and a four-year member, a Rocket Award recipient, and GCLC first team. Kamphaus was also captain of the JV basketball team and two-year member, as well as captain of McNicholas’ first men’s lacrosse team last spring. He is a member of Service Club, a Peer Mentor, McNicholas Ambassador, Freshman Day of Renewal leader and speaker, Rosemary Vassolo Scholarship recipient, Alumni Scholarship recipient, Social Studies Student of the Year, Sports Leadership Awards speaker, Student Athlete of the Month nominee, Honda OSU Math Medal Award Recipient, Math Student of the Year, as well as a member of the Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the National Honor Society.

This year’s Queen, Emma Kapp, is the daughter of Shannon and Jim Kapp and is a member of Guardian Angels parish (Mt. Washington).  She is four-year dean’s list student with 180 hours of community service, including the Appalachia service trip. Kapp is a four-year cheerleader, two-time Rocket Award winner, and a three-year Liturgy Choir member. She has been an actor in three shows, a four-year musical participant, including the lead in this year’s production, a talent show participant, and a four-year member and president of International Thespian Society. Kapp is a four-year member and president of Spirit Club, four-year Service Club member, two-year Student Philanthropy member, Eucharistic Minister, Peer Mentor, McNicholas Ambassador, four-year Student Council member and sophomore vice president, and Freshmen Day of Renewal leader and speaker. She is the George Eastman Young Leader Award Recipient and a member of Science National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the National Honor Society.

Photo courtesy McNicholas High School.

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