Members of the Tyler Court are introduced below as a prelude to the festival.
Miss Austin is a 2008 graduate of All Saints Episcopal School, where she attended for 14 years. She was active in the Spirit Club, Spanish Club, Improvisation Club, Art Club, as well as serving as the Girls Soccer manager for three years. Miss Austin was also runner-up for 2008 homecoming queen at All Saints.
The Austin family has been involved in Rose Festival for many years. Her sister, Blynn Austin, was a lady-in-waiting in 2007. Miss Austin’s mother, Holly Austin, has been involved in volunteer work for the Rose Festival for 20 years, and created a short film for the 1999 Coronation. Her father also has been active in supporting the Rose Festival and is a member of Order of the Rose. Miss Austin’s grandfather, Jeff Austin Jr., was an escort in 1958. There have also been two duchesses in Miss Austin’s family: Jane Austin Chapman was a duchess of Frankston in 1962 and Brandi Phillips Chillian was a duchess of Jacksonville in 1995. Miss Austin has served as a junior hostess at the Queen’s Tea for a couple of years and also worked for the Rose Museum for a summer.
Relatives include her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Austin Jr. and Jane McIntire.
Miss Austin will be escorted by Ross Walker Weathers.
CALLIE ELAINE WORTHEN, daughter of Robert and Rhonda Worthen of Tyler, is a sophomore at Tyler Junior College, where she is majoring in business.
Miss Worthen is a 2008 graduate of Grace Community High School, and was involved in several organizations at Grace, including The Young Republicans, the drill team and the pom squad. She was in Who’s Who Among American High School Students from her sophomore through senior year. She was a National Youth Leadership Forum of Medicine nominee, a National Honors Convocation nominee and received perfect attendance honors.
Outside of school, Miss Worthen was involved in many activities. She played soccer for the Tyler Soccer League, as well as participated in the competitive cheerleading team. She danced at Dance-N-Drill, with her senior year being spent on the competitive dance team.
Miss Worthen also has served many hours of community service. Each year of high school, she went on a week-long mission trip during the summer with her church, as well as ringing the Salvation Army Bell, serving at the soup kitchen, Meals on Wheels and Operation Christmas Child. She also was a volunteer reader at a low-income elementary school.
Miss Worthen has attended Pleasant Retreat United Methodist Church throughout her life. During high school, she was an active member of the youth, being involved with mission trips, church camp, as well as working vacation Bible school, plus many other functions throughout the year.
Miss Worthen has a long family history with the rose industry. Her great-great-grandfather, Gus E. Cook and great-grandfather, Travis Julius McFarland were rose growers in the 1940s and 1950s.
Relatives include her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Travis Hal McFarland and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Worthen, of Tyler.
Miss Worthen will be escorted by Terence McKay Enloe.
SPENCER MARGARET BUDDE, daughter of Janet Dreyer-Budde of Houston and Gregory Patrick Budde of Tyler, attends Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she is a sophomore majoring in markets and cultures. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. During her freshman year at SMU, she served as the McElvaney Hall Council’s public relations officer. She is currently serving as the advertising and public relations officer for markets and culture.
Miss Budde attended Brenham High School in Brenham, and is a graduate of Grace Community High School, Tyler. At Brenham High School, she played varsity volleyball for three years, club volleyball, was a Student Council member serving as treasurer and secretary, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society. She also was a member of Anchor Club, Spanish Club, Young Life, Campaigners and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Miss Budde was a Tyler Rose Museum volunteer and also volunteered at the American Red Cross, Brenham State School, Relay for Life, Blue Bell Fun Run, Toys for Tots, Operation Christmas Child and Marvin United Methodist Church nursery.
Miss Budde was presented at the Brenham Maifest and Neches River Festival in Beaumont, and was also a Heritage Belle for the Washington County Heritage Association in Brenham. She attended Pine Cove Christian Camp for 12 years, The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State volleyball camps.
Miss Budde was the royal scepter bearer to Rose Queen Erin Simpson in 1993 at the age of 3, the youngest attendant to participate in the Texas Rose Festival. Her grandfather, Frank Budde, was the 1993 TRF president. He also served as president of Order of the Rose. Her grandmother, Marilyn Budde, served as Rose Show chairman, two years as Royalty chairman and co-chairman of the Rose Ball. Her father and two uncles were escorts.
Relatives include Mr. and Mrs. Frank Budde of Tyler and Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Dreyer of Brenham.
Miss Budde will be escorted by Mr. Randall Tucker Glaske.
TAYLOR CHRISTINE CLARK, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Clark of Tyler, is a sophomore at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she is majoring in nursing.
Miss Clark was “Miss Tyler Teen USA,” 2007, and “Miss Texas Teen USA, 2006, Miss Congeniality Winner” and semi-finalist.
Miss Clark is a 2008 graduate of Grace Community High School, where she was a cheerleader for three years. She was awarded NCA All American Cheerleader and was a member of “Spirit of Tyler” competitive cheer team. She was a member of Who’s Who Among High School students and the National Honor Society, and was awarded the “Rotary Youth Leadership Award.” Miss Clark was a member of Junior Symphony League and was awarded the Windsor Distinguished Service Award. She was also a member of Young Republicans Club, Spanish Club, Green Acres Baptist Church youth group and choir.
Miss Clark served as a junior hostess and runner for the Queen’s Tea and was a Rose Parade participant four years. Her mother, Dawn Clark, served on the Ball Committee and served at the Queen’s Tea.
Relatives include her grandparents Dr. and Mrs. Richard Clark of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Linda Lloyd of Killeen.
Miss Clark will be escorted by Mr. Tucker Andrew King.
ASHLEY CRUTCHFIELD, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Stuart Crutchfield of Tyler, is a sophomore at Baylor University in Waco, where she is majoring in biology. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society.
Miss Crutchfield is a 2008 graduate of Grace Community High School, where she was a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students and National Honor Society. She received the Female Athlete of the Year award in 2007 and the Cougar Award in 2008. She participated is varsity volleyball, basketball and tennis, and was named to the All State Academic team in 2007, as well as earning other all–district awards.
Miss Crutchfield was a member of the Junior Symphony League of Tyler, and received the Windsor Distinguished Service Award. She is also a member of Green Acres Baptist Church.
Miss Crutchfield served as a junior hostess and runner for past Queen’s Teas.
Family members who have participated in past Rose Festivals include her grandmother, Norma Merryman, Queen’s tea and summer rehearsal volunteer; aunt, Laura Merryman Bennett, 1985 lady-in-waiting and past TRF hostess committee and coronation volunteer; her mother, Kay Crutchfield, has worked as a volunteer for the Rose Show, Queen’s Tea and Coronation; and her brother, Andrew Crutchfield, served as a waiter for the 2008 Queen’s Tea.
Tyler relatives include her brother, Andrew Crutchfield; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Merryman, and Mr. and Mrs. John Crutchfield; aunt and uncle, Dr. and Mrs. Bob Bennett; cousins, Blake and Brett Bennett; and great aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McLean.
Miss Crutchfield will be escorted by Mr. Andrew Christopher Langford.
ALLISON JEAN DEHAVEN, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas DeHaven of Tyler, is a sophomore at Texas A&M University, where she is majoring in accounting and is a member of the Business Honors Program and National Society of Collegiate scholars. Miss DeHaven is also a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, where she holds the office of house manager and participated in Women’s Leadership Circle.
Miss DeHaven is a 2008 graduate of Grace Community High School, where she was a member of National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American High School Students and was named scholar athlete of the year. She was a member of the varsity golf team, varsity swim team, and as a varsity cheerleader, she was awarded NCA All American Cheerleader. She was also a member of the “Spirit of Tyler” competitive cheer team.
Miss DeHaven was a member of the Junior Symphony League of Tyler and received the Windsor Distinguished Service Award. She is also a member of Green Acres Baptist Church and participated in youth choir and taught vacation Bible school.
Miss DeHaven served as a junior hostess and runner for the Queen’s Tea and was a Rose Parade participant for several years. Family members, who have participated in past Rose Festivals, include her father Dr. Thomas Jay DeHaven, 1978 escort; her sister, Amy Elizabeth DeHaven, 2003 lady-in-waiting; and her brother Warren Thomas DeHaven, 2006 escort. Her mother, Margaret DeHaven has worked as a volunteer for Queen’s Tea, Coronation and Rose Show.
Other Tyler relatives include her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Lyles and Dr. and Mrs. C. Roger DeHaven.
Miss DeHaven will be escorted by Mr. Robert Seth Gardner.
ADRIENNE CLAIRE EWERT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher James Ewert of Tyler, is a sophomore at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is majoring in History with a minor in Secondary Education. Miss Ewert maintains a 3.7 grade point average and was on the SMU Honor Roll for the spring semester of 2009.
Miss Ewert is a 2008 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, where she was a member of the Student Senate, serving on the Homecoming Committee and Pantry Raid Committee. She was also a member of the French Club. Miss Ewert was a junior varsity cheerleader for one year, a varsity cheerleader for two years, and made NCA All American Cheerleader her junior and senior years.
Miss Ewert was a member of Spirit of Tyler All Star Cheerleading for nine years and received the “Miss Leadership Award” for her efforts. She was a member of the Junior Symphony League of Tyler. She also worked as a kindergarten aide at Rice Elementary School, and volunteered for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the AARC Walk, Habitat for Humanity and the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Miss Ewert is a member of Marvin United Methodist Church, where she has helped with vacation Bible school and attended several mission trips.
Family history with the Texas Rose Festival includes serving as a junior hostess at the Queen’s Tea. Her mother has been a server at the Queen’s Tea and a backstage dresser in the past, and her grandmother, Carolyn Hammett, is a past co-chairman of the Rose Show.
Relatives include her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Hammett, and Lottie Bluestein of Tyler; and two sisters, Alexandra Ewert of Dallas, and Amelia Ewert of Tyler.
Miss Ewert will be escorted by John Andrew Landes.
ELIZABETH GRACE GUINN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Lee Guinn, is a sophomore at The University of Texas at Austin, where she is majoring in communications. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and The University of Texas Women’s Club soccer team. Miss Guinn is member of the UT Young Life Leadership program and is a volunteer leader at Bowie High School in Austin. She served on summer staff at Sharp Top Cove Young Life camp.
Miss Guinn is an honor graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, where she served as executive secretary of the Student Senate during her senior year. She served as class secretary for three years. She was a two-year member of the National Honor Society and served as an executive director her senior year. Miss Guinn was a four-year letterman on the REL Varsity Girls Soccer Team. She was selected to the 2008 All District first team, 2008 All East Texas second team and the 2007 All District second team, as well as receiving All State Academic recognition in 2008 and All District Academic recognition in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She was a member of the East Texas Spirit Club soccer team.
Miss Guinn was a homecoming queen nominee, class favorite, and voted Miss Robert E. Lee High School. Miss Guinn was the recipient of the Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizen Award for Robert E. Lee High School. She was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life. Miss Guinn was chairman of the Nothing But Nets T-shirt drive, co-chairman of Teens in The Drivers Seat, co-chairman of the R.E.L. Katrina Relief effort, a freshman orientation leader, volunteer for the East Texas Food Bank, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Robert E. Lee Blood Drive benefiting Carter Regional Blood Care Center, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Children’s Village and Texas Mission of Mercy. She served as a volunteer on a two-week medical mission trip to Kenya.
Miss Guinn is a member of Marvin United Methodist Church, where she was active in the youth group participating in fundraising activities, camps and serving on mission trips to Biloxi, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., doing hurricane relief work, as well as volunteering for vacation Bible school and Mission Week in Tyler. She served on the Marvin Student Youth Council.
Miss Guinn served as a junior hostess at the Queen’s tea and as a trainbearer to 1999 Rose Queen Joan Lindsay Burroughs Woldert. Family members who have participated in past Rose Festivals include her father, Andrew Lee Guinn, 1977 and 1978 escort, 1991-1998 Escort Entertainment co-chairman, member of the Order of the Rose; mother, Beth Dyer Guinn, 1978 lady-in-waiting, 1994 Wardrobe Properties co-chairman, 2004 escort co-chairman; brother, Andrew Dyer Guinn, 2004 escort, Queen’s Tea Waiter; brother, James Daniel Guinn, 2007 escort; uncle, Thomas Maroney Woldert, 1973 escort, 1991 Order of the Rose president, 1999 president of the Texas Rose Festival; aunt, Amy Guinn Woldert, 1973 lady-in-waiting, 1991 Rose Show chairman, 1993 Order of the Rose Ball chairman; uncle, D.Greg Guinn, 1972 escort, Order of the Rose president, Texas Rose Festival Association board member; aunt, Benji Roberts Guinn, 1990 Coronation assistant chairman, 1994 Rose Ball chairman, 1998 Rose Show chairman; uncle, James Glen Dyer, 1984 escort; and cousins, Thomas Maroney Woldert Jr., 1997 escort; Joan Lindsay Burroughs Woldert, 1999 rose queen; James Freeman Woldert, 1988 trainbearer, 1998 escort; Martha Claire Woldert, 2001 rose queen; Jennifer Morgan Guinn, 2003 lady-in-waiting, 1992 royal attendant; and Emily Roberts Guinn, 2007 lady-in-waiting and 1999 trainbearer.
Tyler relatives include her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Glen Dyer; grandmother, Martha Jennie Guinn; and aunts and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Greg Guinn and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Woldert.
Miss Guinn will be escorted by Garrett Ross Hull.
KATHERINE ELIZABETH KRUEGER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Roger Krueger, is a sophomore at Tyler Junior College studying early childhood development. She attends Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and volunteers for the Salvation Army and East Texas Medical Center.
Miss Krueger is a 2008 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, where she was on the varsity swim team for three years. She was also a member of the Junior Symphony League, receiving the Windsor Distinguished Service Award.
Since 1990, her parents have produced the designs for many Rose Festival events, such as the Rose Show, the Rose Tea and the Rose Ball.
Miss Krueger will be escorted by Michael P. Leatherwood.
MEGAN ELIZABETH LOWDEN, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Lowden, is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University Honors College in Stillwater, Okla., where she is majoring in international business with a minor in Spanish. Miss Lowden is a member of the National Honor Society and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She intends to study abroad in Spain.
Miss Lowden is a 2008 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, where she was a member of the Southern Belle Drill Team for four years, Southern Belle Elite Dance Team, and a drill team officer. As a freshman, she lettered on the REL women’s golf team. Her sophomore year was spent studying in Los Angeles during pilot season. As an actress, she had roles in Hannah Montana’s first episodes, a Japanese R/R band’s music video, and was featured in the Nancy Drew movie where she earned her SAG (Screen Actors Guild) card.
Miss Lowden is a member of Green Acres Baptist Church, where she served at the soup kitchen, and participated in numerous fundraisers through the youth department. She was a member, plus an officer of the Junior Symphony League of Tyler. She also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.
Miss Lowden has been a part of the Rose Festival throughout her life, participating in Rose Parades and serving at the Queen’s Tea. Miss Lowden’s family has contributed behind the scenes to the success of the parade for many years, dating back to the 1950s with her great uncle, Ray Huddleston.
Relatives include her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy H. Belcher, Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Lowden, and Mr. and Mrs. John Jones, all of Tyler.
Miss Lowden will be escorted by Lee Lawrence Cannan.
KATHRYN “KATY” ELIZABETH MCKELLAR, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Denning Key and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Guyton McKellar, is a sophomore at Tyler Junior College, where she is studying business and dance, and is a second-year member of the Apache Belles Precision Dance Team.
Miss McKellar is a 2008 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, where she was a member of the Southern Belles Drill Team. She was also a member of the Dance & Drill Dancers and the Dance & Drill Golden Girls.
Miss McKellar is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Tyler, where she has been active in the middle school and high school youth group. She is a recipient of the Junior Symphony League’s Windsor Distinguished Service Award 2008. She is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and The Society of Mayflower Descendants. Miss McKellar attended Camp Waldemar, where she received numerous medals in archery and riflery.
Miss McKellar has a long family history with Rose Festival. As a child, Miss McKellar served as a junior hostess for the Queen’s Tea. Her mother, Jan Key, was the Queen’s Coronation Ball chairman for the 2006 Order of the Rose and the 2002 Queen’s Tea coordinator. Her father, Tom McKellar, was a former escort. Her stepfather, Denning Key, was president of the 2004 Order of the Rose. Other family members who have participated in Rose Festival are her younger sister, Sarah McKellar, who is also a former Queen’s Tea junior hostess; her uncle, Richard McKellar, second vice president, Strutters; cousins, Melissa Kidd, lady-in-waiting, 2003, and Emily (Shoenvoegle) Klein, duchess, 2001.
Members of Miss McKellar’s stepfather’s family who have participated in Rose Festival include her stepsister Frances Key, lady-in-waiting, 2007; Caroline Key, 2000 rose queen; Meg Rodman Randolph, lady-in-waiting, 1998; William O. Key Jr., member of the Order of the Rose and escort, 1998 and 1999; Eugenia Key Son, 1969 rose queen; and William O. “Randy” Key, 2001 TRF president and 1985 Order of the Rose president.
Other family members include grand parents Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Feaster of Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kidd of Tyler.
Miss McKellar will be escorted by Mr. Zachary Reynolds Chapman.
HANNAH MICHELE MEADS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Meads of Tyler, is a sophomore at Baylor University in Waco, where she is majoring in child and family studies. Miss Meads is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She is involved with Stepping Out, a community service organization.
Miss Meads is a 2008 graduate of Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic High School, where she received the Christus Award, which is the highest honor voted on by her peers, both her junior and senior years. She was also a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students, student government officer, class officer and Eucharistic minister. She was involved in numerous activities such as youth rally coordinator, facilitator for religious retreats, Habitat for Humanity coordinator, yearbook staff, People to People student ambassador, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Homecoming Committee and Sadie Hawkins Dance coordinator.
Miss Meads was a member of the varsity track team for four years, varsity volleyball two years and varsity basketball three years. Miss Meads was a member of the 2005 and 2006 TAPPS state track champion teams and a member of the first-place mile relay teams. She was also a member of the Lady Crusaders 2007 TAPPS state qualifiers team. She served as hurdle captain during her junior and senior years and a varsity co-captain her senior year.
Miss Meads is a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. She has volunteered in the community with the St. Louis School, Challenger Baseball Program., Junior Symphony League, East Texas Food Bank, PATH, School Supply Train for St. Vincent de Paul, Assisted Living Homes, Habitat for Humanity, Tyler Day Nursery and tutoring.
Miss Meads served as a junior hostess at the 1997 Queen’s Tea.
Relatives include her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Meads of New Boston, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Baldwin of Wickes, Ark.
Miss Meads will be escorted by Grant Evan Spencer.
PAIGE EMILY PICKENS, daughter of David Pickens and Sherri Pickens of Tyler, is a sophomore at Texas A&M University in College Station, where she is majoring in community development. Miss Pickens is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Miss Pickens is a 2008 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School where she was Executive Student Body treasurer, and freshman, sophomore and junior class treasurer. She was recipient of the Rotary Club Leadership Award in 2007 and Student Body Leadership Award in 2008. Miss Pickens was co-chairman of homecoming in 2007. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Key Club.
Miss Pickens was a varsity cheerleader two years, junior varsity cheerleader captain one year and recipient of the Robert E. Lee Cheerleader Scholarship. She was also a member of the Junior Symphony League and received the Windsor Distinguished Service Award.
Miss Pickens is a member of Marvin Methodist Church. She has volunteered for East Texas Food Bank Pantry Raid, PATH, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Tyler, and Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, American Heart Association, ARC, Habitat for Humanity and the Junior League of Tyler’s Mistletoe & Magic.
Miss Pickens performed in the Rose Festival Coronation in 2000. Her mother has served on several volunteer committees for Rose Festival, including Queen’s Luncheon co-chairman, Ladie’ Luncheon assistant chairman and Rose Show Committee. For the Coronation, she has served as dresser chairman, order-of-appearance chairman, doorkeeper, and hospitality and parade liaison committees.
Miss Pickens will be escorted by Andrew Edward Snodgrass.
KEARBY TAYLOR ROSENLIEB, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Rosenlieb of Tyler, is a sophomore at Texas A&M University in College Station, where she is majoring in political science and is the recipient of the Smith County A&M Scholarship and the Tyler Law Society Scholarship. She participated in the student body president elections as a campaign team member and is also a student worker at AgriLife Research. She is a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Miss Rosenlieb is a 2008 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, where she was a member of the junior varsity and varsity cheerleading teams. She was a member of National Honor Society and the Spanish Club. She served three years as a student senator and senior year as senior class vice president. She was a member of the Junior Symphony League of Tyler. She was also an active member in her youth group at Glenwood Church of Christ, participating in many mission trips and service projects.
Miss Rosenlieb’s prior involvement in the Texas Rose Festival includes serving as a runner and as a junior hostess for the Queen’s Tea. Family members who have participated in past Rose Festivals include her father, Mark James Rosenlieb, Texas Rose Festival Strutter’s Executive Committee 2000-2007, serving as president in 2007. Her mother, Jennifer Boshears Rosenlieb, worked on the following committees 1996, 1997, 1998 coronation makeup, 1997 Queen’s Tea, the 2001, 2002 wardrobe properties, the 2007 Winter Gala, and the 2009 Queen’s Luncheon. Her sisters Kelsey Allie Rosenlieb and Keaton Aspen Rosenlieb, were junior hostesses for the Queen’s Tea.
Tyler relatives include her sisters, Kelsey Allie Rosenlieb, Keaton Aspen Rosenlieb, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Boshears.
Miss Rosenlieb will be escorted by David Michael Michaels.
KATHERINE ANN ROWE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George O. Rowe of Tyler, is a sophomore at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she is majoring in broadcast journalism. She is a member of Chi Omega Sorority.
Miss Rowe is a 2008 graduate of All Saints Episcopal School, where she was a fou-year varsity cheerleader. She was voted NCA All American Cheerleader and won the National Leadership Award at the NCA camp her senior year. As Student Government representative, she was an officer all four years of the Social Committee. She was also a member of the Spirit Club, Theatre Club, Debate Team and French Club. Her senior year, she played the role of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. She received many academic, leadership and TAAPS awards while at All Saints.
Miss Rowe participated in many plays and helped with camps at the Tyler Children’s Theatre. She was a member of the Junior Symphony League and received the Windsor Distinguished Service Award.
Miss Rowe was a seven-year Waldemar Camper in Hunt. She was on the Comanche War Canoe Team and was the choir leader her senior year for her Comanche Tribe. She was Miriam from The Music Man her Hilltopper year at camp. She was a counselor following her years as a camper and taught trick roping.
Miss Rowe was presented as the Duchess of Tyler in the Admirals Club in Austin in August 2009.
Miss Rowe and her family have been involved in the Rose Festival in volunteer service and sponsorships. She first volunteered in 1996 as a tea hostess. In 2000 she was the “Book Worm” in Queen Caroline Keys’ coronation. In 2001, she rode with Congressman Ralph Hall in the parade; 2002, helped hang signs in the stadium for the parade; 2004, handed out the band Trophies; 2005, worked registration for the hostesses at the tea and rode in the parade with her parents when her father, George Rowe was Grand Marshal; 2006, was a dresser for Queen Lauren Jones’s attendant, Caroline Cooper. She also worked at the Rose Museum while in high school.
Her mother, Linda Rowe, worked as a coronation backstage coordinator from 1995-1999, stage manager for coronation in 2000 and Queen’s Tea Committee, 2001-2002, coronation backstage coordinator, 2003 Rose Festival Executive Board marketing chairman, 2004 royalty chairman, 2005 Queen’s Tea Committee and media coordinator, 2006 Ladies’ Luncheon chairman and Queen’s Tea media coordinator, 2007 Winter Gala chairman, 2008 dresser for Queen Sarah Clyde.
Her father, George Rowe, has been a member of Order of the Rose since 1998 to present. He was involved in the Rose Festival Parade in the following offices: 1999 Rose Festival Parade Strutters starter, 2000 Parade Stutters fourth vice president, 2001 Parade Strutters third vice president, 2002 Parade Strutters second vice president, 2003 Parade Strutters first vice president, 2004 Parade Strutters executive vice president and 2005 Parade Strutters president and Grand Marshal of the 2005 parade. Other family members who have participated in the Rose Festivals are sisters, Ashley Rowe Randall and Melissa Rowe Bennett, as dressers, Ladies’ Luncheon and tea volunteers. Also, brother-in-law Mark Randall was an escort in the 1989 festival. Miss Rowe’s parents have been Texas Rose Festival Web site and hospitality sponsors for years.
Miss Rowe will be escorted by Donald Wesley Traylor.
EMILY KAY SMITH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven D. Smith of Tyler, is a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where she is majoring in business with a minor in Spanish. Miss Smith is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and serves on the pledge training committee and the Panhellenic Judicial Board. Miss Smith also served as hometown chair and performed in 2009 Rush Skits for Theta.
Miss Smith graduated from Grace Community School in 2008 and maintained a 4.0 grade point average. She was a member of the National Honor Society, where she served as treasurer her junior year. She was a class representative on Student Government her junior and senior year. She served on the yearbook staff her junior year. She was a member of Young Republicans, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, “A” Honor Roll, choir and orchestra. Miss Smith was a varsity cheerleader her sophomore, junior and senior years and ran cross country all four years.
Miss Smith is a member of Green Acres Baptist Church, where she has volunteered for vacation Bible school and participated in the youth group. She also volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. Miss Smith was a member of the Junior Symphony League of Tyler where she received the Windsor Distinguished Service Award.
Miss Smith participated in the Texas Rose Festival as a junior hostess for the Queen’s Tea and dresser for attendants Carter Anne Jones in 2003 and Annie Ferguson in 2006.
Family members who have participated in past Rose Festivals include her father, Steven D. Smith, 1980 escort and member, Order of the Rose; mother, Susan Brookshire Smith, coronation accessories coordinator for many years and 2009 Men’s Luncheon decorations chairman; grandmother, Betty Ann Smith, 1993 Queen’s Tea chairman, 1994 escort chairman, and hospitality chairman; grandfather, H. Don Smith, member, Order of the Rose; aunt, Karen Smith Truitt, 1975 dresser to Queen Nanette Oge and 1982 lady-in-waiting; aunt, Julie Smith Thompson, 1975 trainbearer to Queen Nanette Oge, 1985 lady-in-waiting, and volunteer to the Rose Festival and Order of the Rose in many capacities; uncle, John Rex Thompson, 1985 escort to her aunt, Julie Smith Thompson, escort wrangler for many years and member, Order of the Rose; uncle, Kyle J. Smith, 1994 escort to her aunt, Jennifer Turman Smith, 1994 lady-in-waiting; and cousin, Katherine Ann Truitt, 2009 duchess.
Tyler relatives include her brother, Jacob Steven Smith; sisters, Abby Marie Smith and Claire Elizabeth Smith; grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Don Smith; aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Thompson; aunt and uncle, Dr. and Mrs. Kyle Smith; cousins, John Rex Thompson Jr., Graham Williams Thompson, Anne Elizabeth Thompson, Luke Wiley Smith, Macy Smith, Wilson Smith and Sutton Smith.
Miss Smith will be escorted by Isaac Ross Bridges.
LANDER ELIZABETH WENDLAND, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Crain Steinmann of Tyler, is a sophomore at Baylor University in Waco where she is majoring in business marketing.
Miss Wendland is a 2008 graduate of All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler, and was the business manager of the yearbook. She won several awards for her sculpture statewide in TAPPS competitions. She was also active in the Spanish club, the Art Club and Young Republicans.
She attended Camp Longhorn, Indian Springs, for eight summers.
As a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Miss Wendland was active with the Loaves and Fishes program to feed the homeless in Tyler.
Her family’s activity with the Rose Festival spans three generations. Her grandfather, Paul Bertrand Scott Jr. was an escort in 1946 and president of the Order of the Rose in 1967. Her mother, Vivian Scott Steinmann, was Duchess of Houston in 1977 and has been a hostess for summer parties at their home in 2003 and 2004. She was a Queen’s Ball volunteer in 2008. Her stepfather, Henry Crain Steinmann, is a current member of the Order of the Rose.
Other family members active in the Texas Rose Festival include cousins, Lucinda Kittrell, coronation director; Scott Kittrell, 1970 escort and member of the Order of the Rose; Lucinda Kittrell Deere, lady-in-waiting 2003; and Paul Scott Kittrell, escort to the queen 2005. Other cousins active are Edwin Kittrell, III, escort 1966; Taylor Conley Kittrell, Duchess of Houston 2001; Stephen Kittrell, escort 1975 and 1977; Sue Harding, Rose Show chairman and coronation script chairman; and James Deakins, 1983 president. In 1975, her cousin and godmother, Elizabeth Getzendaner Cunliffe, was the duchess of Waxahachie, and her son, Russell Patton Badgett was an escort in 2004.
Miss Wendland will be escorted by Jon Sanfelippo.
SARA MICHELLE WHITMER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Whitmer of Tyler, is a sophomore at Texas A&M University, where she is majoring petroleum engineering. She is a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership & Honors organizations, Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Society of Petroleum Engineers. She is also a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority, participating in the Tri Delt Game Day which raises funds for St. Jude’s.
Kiss Whitmer is a 2008 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, where she was valedictorian of her class. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Student Senate. Through the Student Senate, she organized a fundraiser for Jackson Thomas Feliciano Children’s Foundation and chaired the student blood drive for Carter BloodCare.
Miss Whitmer was a four-year letterman on the REL soccer team. She received the following honors; All-District all four years, second team All-District 06-07, second team All-East Texas 07-08, first team All-District 07-08 and Academic All-State 07-08. She was selected to the 2007-2008 David Smoak KTBB Scholastic All-Star Team. Miss Whitmer also played for the East Texas Spirit Soccer Club.
Miss Whitmer was a member of the Junior Symphony League, where she received the Windsor Distinguished Service Award. Miss Whitmer was an active volunteer tutor at Rice Elementary.
Miss Whitmer served as a junior hostess at the 1997 Queen’s tea.
Relatives include her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond D. Steffen of Arvada, Colo., and Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Whitmer of Brumfield, Colo.
Miss Whitmer will be escorted by Craig Edward Harrison, Ill.