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A tradition continues in Lombard

Published: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 2:03 p.m. CDT

On March 23, Lombard’s Lilac Court was chosen.  Even though the weather has yet to truly feel like spring, this timeless tradition reminds Lombard that Lilac Time is just around the corner.

That morning, 22 well-qualified young women each participated in five-minute interviews in which they were to discuss their community and school involvement, as well as display their potential to represent Lombard as a positive role model. Of these 22 young women, five were chosen to sit on the 2013 Lilac Court as princesses.

As a high school student, it’s always fun to learn which of our classmates, teammates, and friends are chosen to be princesses. This tradition is one that is looked forward to each year, as it is a great way for young adults to participate in Lombard’s rich history, while being commended for their positive contributions to our community.

This year’s princesses are Claire Castelli, Megan Cotterill, Taylor Godbey, Laura LoVetere and Jenny Ruhl. One of these talented young women will be crowned Lilac Queen in May. I have the pleasure of knowing each of this year’s princesses personally, and I am very excited to observe each of them represent our town with pride throughout the next year!

The tradition of Lilac Time dates all the way back to 1930, the year Lilacia Park was opened to the public. That same year, Lombardians enjoyed the first Lilac Parade, and the first Lilac Court was chosen. As princesses, these five young women are integral parts of the 83-year-old tradition that is Lilac Time in Lombard. From their tiara presentation to their float in the annual Lilac Parade, the princesses will take part in a number of rituals that have become an immense part of our town’s culture … a culture that Lombardians of all ages have come to adore.

Jolie-Grace Wareham is a senior at Glenbard East High School. The goal of her blog is to open the door to some great conversations about Lombard and how we can all get the most out of the town. Feel free to email her at jgwareham3@gmail.com with your ideas.

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