Meet the 2013 Mardi Gras attendants


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Posted Online: Dec. 08, 2012, 8:55 pm
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The Junior Board of Rock Island has introduced the 12 attendants for its 74th annual Mardi Gras Charity Ball, which will take place Feb. 9 at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

This year's theme will be "Black and White Masquerade Ball."

Tickets to the ball, which will include dinner and dancing, are $95 per person. To make reservations, visit the website at jbri.org or contact Beth Behrends at (309) 912-5966 or bbehrends@rwbaird.com.

Following is the list of attendants for the ball, with a summary of their accomplishments:

Margaret Maureen Williams, daughter ofAngie and Todd Williams. Margaret attends Rock Island High School, where she is vice president of the student senate. She has been a student senate member for four years. She is a four-year member of the National Honor Society and a Charles O. Austin Jr. Scholar honoree. She is president of the Letterman's Club and head editor of the Rock Island High yearbook. Margaret has been on the varsity girls' soccer team for four years and has been a team captain. She has played with a slow-pitch softball team for nine years. She was a member of the homecoming court, and she is a volunteer for the elementary after-school program. She also volunteers her time as a math tutor for the Rock Island High School enrichment program.

Kylee Jo Villarreal,daughter of Amy and Sergio Villarreal. Kylee attends Rock Island High School, where she has served in student government for four years -- one year as secretary and one year as vice president. She is a two-year member of the Key Club and four-year participant in the student hunger drive. Kylee is a four-year member of the honor roll and has served in the Letterman's Club. She is a four-year member of the varsity girls' softball team and a two-year member of the volleyball team. Kylee is a Live United participant and a Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center Life Corps member. She also has participated in a minimedical school hosted by Trinity Medical Center.

Hannah Claire VanHoe,daughter of Tammy and Michael VanHoe. Hannah attends Alleman High School, where she is a cheerleader for football and basketball. She has participated in school musicals and had a lead role in "South Pacific" this fall. She is involved in choir and has choreographed for show choir. She plays piano and guitar and also is a certified lifeguard. Hannah has been a member of the Foreign Language Club and volunteers with Special Persons Encounter Christ. Hannah was involved in the art competition at Bucktown Center for the Arts, Davenport, in 2012.She volunteers at the CK Summertime Bible camp at Christ the King Catholic Church, Moline.

Madeline Terrase McGuire,daughter of Carrie and Charlie McGuire. Madeline attends Alleman High School, where she is a member of the honor roll and a Rev. John O'Connor Scholar. She also is a High Five award winner. Madeline is a four-year member of the varsity girls' softball team, as well as a team captain. She also is a four-year member of the basketball team, two-year member of the tennis team and one-year member of the volleyball team. She has been named to the All Metro Softball Team by The Dispatch/Argus for the past three years, as well as earning honorable mention as a Western Big 6 All-Star player for three years. Madeline serves as a student ambassador and is a member of Key Club and Sigma Alpha Delta -- Students Against Destructive Decisions. She volunteers for the student hunger drive, Special Persons Encounter Christ and the Rock Island County Animal Shelter, and she is a yearly participant in the Alleman High School blood drive.

Morgan Alexandra Zambrano,daughter of Shawn Zambrano and Tom Zambrano. Morgan attends Rock Island High School, where she is a member of the student senate. Morgan was elected to the homecoming court and is a member of the volleyball team. She volunteers for the student hunger drive.

Jacqueline Marie Twing,daughter of Jill Keim-Twing and Tim Twing. Jacqueline attends Rock Island High School, where she is a member of both the honor roll and the National Honor Society. Jacqueline is a four-year member of the varsity girls' volleyball team, and she was named 2011 All Metro Volleyball Player of the Year, as well as being named to the 2011 All-State Volleyball Team. She was the 2012 volleyball team captain. Jacqueline is a four-year member of the student senate and 2012 Junior Marshall. She also played two years on the varsity girls' basketball team. She was elected to the homecoming court.

Maggie Marie Pappas,daughter of Laura Wriedt and Matthew Pappas. Maggie attends Rock Island High School, where she is member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Key Club, student senate and Spanish club. Maggie was a two-year member of the soccer team and a four-year member of the swimming team. She was the swimming team captain for two years. Maggie was a Daughters of the American Revolution nominee in 2012, and she was awarded the Iowa Heritage Award Scholarship in 2012. She also was a member of the Lane 4 Aquatics State Team in 2010-2012.

Abbey Lee Johnson,daughter of Mary and Olie Johnson. Abbey attends Alleman High School, where she has been named to the principal's list and honor roll all four years. She is a four-year Rev. John O'Connor Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. Abbey is a four-year member of the girls' volleyball team and was team captain in 2012. She also is a four-year member of the girls' softball team and girls' basketball team. Abbey is a student ambassador, as well as a member of the foreign language club and yearbook staff. Abbey has volunteered with Special Persons Encounter Christ for four years. She was named to the homecoming court. She is a member of Key Club and is chairwoman of the student hunger drive. She is a volunteer assistant volleyball coach at Seton Junior High and volunteers for Life Corps with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Claire Marie Fieweger,daughter of Sheri Fieweger and Steve Fieweger. Claire attends Alleman High School, where she is a member of the principal's list and the National Honor Society. She is a Rev. John O'Connor Scholar. Claire has served as the editor and assistant editor of the Pioneer Press and has been a member of the yearbook staff. She is a student ambassador and was a student of the month in 2011. Claire volunteers with the student hunger drive and also works on Reflections, the student magazine. Claire has been named to the All Metro Swimming Team for the past four years. She volunteers with the Gilda's Club Children's Program and is an assistant swim coach with the Davenport Metro Swim Club. She is a swim instructor at the Rock Island Fitness Activity Center and volunteers with the Salvation Army.

Sarah Maria Smith,daughter of Kim and Tom Smith. Sarah attends Rock Island High School, where she is a member of the student senate. She is a three-year member of the varsity cheerleading squad and is a team captain. She is a member of the Student Hunger Drive and has volunteered for Salvation Army and Kiwanis. Sarah is a lifeguard at Whitewater Junction and the Rock Island Fitness Activity Center. She also teaches water safety. She has played in the Rock Island girls softball league and works at a variety of Rock Island Parks and Recreation events. Sarah also has helped raise money for the QC Paws organization.

Ryan Elizabeth Bucktrout,daughter of Elizabeth Anne DeLong and Justin Bucktrout. Ryan attends Rock Island High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society. She is a four-year member of the varsity girls' tennis team and team captain. Ryan was a two-year member of the girls' soccer team. She is a 2012 board member of Teens for Tomorrow and a 2012 co-founder and co-president of Rock Island Collegiate Club. She is a four-year member of the Rock Island High School Key Club. Ryan is a Daughters of the American Revolution nominee. Ryan volunteers her time for the NormaLeah Foundation, as well as for the Trinity/Iowa Health System. She also is a tennis instructor for the Rock Island Parks and Recreation summer program.

Kelly Jean Bishop,daughter of Dr. Catherine and Dr. James Bishop. Kelly attends Rock Island High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society. She received a National Merit Scholar Commendation in 2012. In addition to being valedictorian, she is a Charles O. Austin Jr. Scholar and a Thoms Scholarship finalist for an antibullying project she created and presented. Kelly is an Illinois Quad-Cities nominee for a national PEO scholarship. She was a 2011 math team state qualifier and a Rock Island Medal of Honor recipient. While participating in USA Swimming, she has amassed numerous awards. As a member of the varsity girls' swimming team, she was named Dispatch/Argus Swimmer of the Year in 2011, was a two-time Dispatch/Argus Pacesetter, was named to the Quad-Cities All Metro Team and Dispatch/Argus All Conference Team and was a two-time IHSA state finalist and four-time conference champion. Kelly also was a two-time IHSA sectional champion. She is a member of the French club, a two-year member of the varsity cross-country team and a 2010 Dispatch/Argus All Conference Team member. She has volunteered with the student hunger drive, Bicycles for Brains and Santa for Seniors. She was nominated to the 2012 homecoming court. Kelly's great-aunt, Margaret Pierce, was Mardi Gras Queen in 1990.

















 



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