SARANAC LAKE - The Winter Carnival Committee is pleased to announce the court for the 2013 Winter Carnival.
The king and queen will be announced at tonight's Coronation ceremony, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Harrietstown Town Hall downtown.
Grand Marshal Chris Covert
Chris was born in Oakland, Calif. when his father was in the Navy. He grew up in Clinton, N.Y. and would often vacation and explore in the Adirondacks.
Chris spent his first weekend in Saranac Lake in the summer of 1978 at campsite No. 17 on Lower Saranac Lake and took up residency in the village in 1986. He is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake and was a founding member and choreographer of The Kiwanis Precision Marching Lawnmower Drill Team which participated in many Winter Carnival parades throughout the '90s.
Chris is the proud father of hockey-playing Alexandra, a 2011 graduate of SLHS. Chris is the broker, owner and founder of Guide Boat Realty, LLC. Saranac Lake's unique combination of health, history and the arts make it the best place to live in the Adirondacks.
Chris served as co-chair and sponsor of the Willard Hanmer Guideboat Races from 2002 to 2012, has served on the Board of Directors of the Saranac Lake Kiwanis Club since 1992 and on its scholarship committee since 1995. He served on the board of directors of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce from 2000 to 2010 and has served on the Franklin County Empire Zone Advisory Board. He currently serves on the AEDC loan committee.
Chris was also chairperson of the 2009 NYSAHA Tier II Girls U-16 Hockey Tournament and has served on or presided over numerous real estate-related professional organizations.
And with all that, he has been a consistent, generous, long-term supporter of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.
Chris, son of George and Barbara Kollmer and sibling to George, Kelly and Timothy, grew up on Long Island. He was raised wearing his brothers' (and sometimes sister's) clothes, playing with hand-me-down rusty Tonka trucks and eating the doughnuts no one else would eat.
He graduated from Connetquot High School and attended Stony Brook University majoring in history. He graduated with honors in 1998.
While at an out-of-state job fair he met the girl of his dreams, Lisa, who had also graduated from Connetquot High School. Rather than relocating out of state, Chris and Lisa decided to move to the best part of New York.
Chris initially taught social studies at North Babylon High School before coming to Saranac Lake High School where he has taught social studies for the past 13-and-a-half years. He has also coached lacrosse and is currently an adviser to the Outdoor Club.
In addition to teaching, Chris is the proud father of two beautiful boys - Jake and Cody, boys who are sure to terrorize the greater Saranac Lake area in the years to come.
Chris was flattered to be nominated by this year's Carnival Court and is proud to call Saranac Lake his family's home. He wishes everyone a happy carnival.
He would also like to warn everyone once again about those two beautiful little boys you heard it here first. Good luck!!
Kristaps, son of Juris and Ingrida Miemis and sibling to Inga and Karlis, grew up downstate as part of a tight-knit Latvian community. He attended the University of Delaware where he majored in social studies education. While there he met his beautiful wife-to-be Karen.
Upon graduation, they both moved to Lake Tahoe, Calif. Here they quenched their thirst for the great outdoors by skiing, hiking and traveling the American West in search of adventure.
Feeling too far from home, but not willing to change their lifestyle, they moved to beautiful Saranac Lake where they both currently serve the community as teachers in the Saranac Lake school district.
Since moving here, Kristaps has also coached lacrosse at the high school and currently serves as an adviser to the outdoor club and the senior slideshow.
Kristaps is the proud father of three energetic boys: Vilhelms, Lukas and Samuel. In the winter he can often be found looking for fresh snow or auguring holes in some frozen pond. He is thrilled to be part of the Winter Carnival Court and wishes everybody a happy and safe Winter Carnival.
Erik R. Stender
Prince Erik R. Stender was born and raised in Saranac Lake and is a 2007 graduate of Saranac Lake High School. Stender served in the United States Navy and is now pursuing an associate's degree in Business Administration. He will graduate from North Country Community College in May.
Erik would like to travel, and at some point own his own business in the local community.
Erik resides in Saranac Lake, is a member of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and serves on the fire department's dive team. He has also been a milfoil diver for Aquatic Invasive Management.
Prince Stender received the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He is the son of Mike and Laura Stender and has siblings Kurt, Rachel and Andrea.
Princess Anastasia Hull, the recipient of an All-American academic award, will graduate from Paul Smith's College in May with an associates degree in Baking and Pastry Arts.
Anastasia was born in Albany and received her high school diploma through the homeschooling program of Christian Fellowship Academy. She is considering the pursuit of a business degree at St. Lawrence University starting next fall.
Hull has made numerous mission trips abroad in support of her religious convictions and intends to continue that as an important part of her future. She would like to open a bakery/cafe at some point perhaps in the Madrid area or somewhere else with local, organic vegan and vegetarian products readily available.
Princess Anastasia completed the 46 High Peaks at 17 while climbing with her father and brother Ben. She is also an All-American cross country runner.
Hull is the daughter of Bill and Nancy Hull and has siblings Lynita, Mark and Benjamin.
WINTER CARNIVAL COURT
Emily is the daughter of Bert and Cathy Fountain and the older sister of Abbey. She is a member of Art Club, Honor Society, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America and the volleyball and golf teams. Emily plans to attend college next fall to major in graphic design communications. She is excited to be a member of the Winter Carnival Court and wishes everyone a fantastic 2013 Carnival!
Taylor was born Feb. 19, 1995. He lives in Saranac Lake with his mom, Jamie Pellerin. He has a step-brother, Orion, and a baby brother, Sawyer, who live in Tupper Lake with his father, Shawn Vaillancourt. Taylor enjoys football and rugby. He hopes to attend St. Lawrence University next fall to continue his football career.
Megan is the daughter of Shane and Erin Kilroy and the sister of Morgan Kilroy. She is a three-sport athlete. Megan is currently a member of the New Vision program and plans to become a nurse practitioner. She would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Winter Carnival.
Quinn grew up in Saranac Lake and attended St. Bernard's Elementary School. He was raised by the Saranac Lake PeeWee Hockey Association and two loving parents, Carol and Steve. Quinn is a three-sport athlete and member of the National Honor Society. He plans on going to school for automotive technology and hopes to break into the engineering field as well. He has two brothers and a sister and loves living here in the Adirondacks.
Annie is the daughter of Peter and Jennie Frenette and the younger sister to Gracey and Peter. She was the captain of her soccer and track teams and also spends her time participating in National Honor Society, vocal ensembles, Student Athletic Association and as the Class of 2013 Treasurer.
Next year Annie plans on attending college to study history. Annie is glad to be a part of the royal family for the second time as she was a page representing St. Bernard's School in third grade. Annie wishes everyone a splashing Winter Carnival!
Hajro is the son of Kenny and Jasmina Cecunjanin. He has four siblings, Alma, Haris, Idriz and Almelina. Hajro plays football and lacrosse and enjoys hanging out with his friends. He wishes everyone a safe and happy Winter Carnival!
Kylie is the daughter of Frank and Corrine Sapone and the sister of Michael and Alivia. She is president of Student Council and FLBA, and treasurer of the National Honor Society and Art Club. Kylie has played lacrosse and volleyball all four years of high school. She plans to attend college next fall and study nutrition and food science. Kylie can't wait to bust some moves under the sea and wishes everyone a happy carnival!
TJ is the son of Ray and Patty Monroe and has two brothers, Michael and Forrest. He has played many sports throughout his high school career including football, basketball, lacrosse, track and junior bobsledding. He enjoys living in the Adirondacks and all its beautiful seasons. His favorite activities include boating, camping and especially relaxing on the beaches of Lake Colby. He was a page in third grade while at St. Bernard's School and plans on continuing his education and searching for his passion in college. He would like to give a shout-out to his two best friends, Matt Phelan and Kevin Morgan, and he wishes everyone a happy Winter Carnival.
Kaileigh is the daughter of Paul Woodruff and the sister of Allycia. She is a three-sport athlete who participates in many school activities and clubs such as Key Club, Art Club and as the Secretary of the Class of 2013. She plans to study communications and history next year. She would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Winter Carnival.
Michael is the son of Sue and Tim and is the youngest (and favorite) of three boys, Joseph and Steven. He has enjoyed playing a multitude of sports that require anything from throwing, catching and blocking a ball. He also participates in the concert choir, Honor Society and the Art Club.
Because Michael's goal is to earn a degree in graphic design, his dream is to be the next creator of the Winter Carnival theme button. Move over Garry Trudeau! He wishes everyone a happy carnival!
Regan is the daughter of the two greatest parents, Susan and David Kieffer. She is always busy playing soccer, basketball, track and rugby. Next fall, Regan plans to attend college to pursue a career in the medical field. She wishes everyone a very happy carnival.
Kellen is the son of Tim and Amy Munn and older brother to Nathalie Munn. Kellen plays football and basketball for Saranac Lake High School. He is also part of the Saranac Lake Concert Choir. In his spare time he enjoys hanging out with his friends and family. Kellen has volunteered as a character during Winter Carnival since he was in fourth grade and is honored to be part of the Winter Carnival Court this year.
Zoe is the granddaughter of 1975 Queen Betty Dora. She is the daughter of Kareen and Jim Tyler and sister to Ava. She keeps herself busy with Key Club, National Honor Society, Art Club, Student Athletic Association and Student Council. She has participated in a sport each season throughout high school as well as bobsledding and rugby. With many of her fellow court members, she attended St. Bernard's School and was a page in 2004. She plans to attend college in the fall to pursue a degree in art. She hopes to not fall during the coronation dance and wishes everyone a happy Winter Carnival!
Craig is the son of Paul and Eileen and brother of Tabatha. He is a member of the National Honor Society and currently enrolled in the New Vision program. He participates in football and track and was elected one of the 2012 Varsity Football captains. Craig also enjoys alpine skiing and golf. He plans to attend college in the fall to pursue an interest in the health field. Craig is honored to have been chosen as a member of this year's Winter Carnival Court.
Attendants to the King and Queen
Vanessa Rose Salamy is the daughter of David and Lauri Salamy. She has a brother Nicholas who is also attending Saranac Lake High School. Vanessa played varsity soccer, ran indoor track and participated in spring track and field with some personal satisfaction and success.
She is an active member of many clubs and she was "Glinda, the Good Witch of the West" in the senior play. Vanessa was honored to be the homecoming queen as well as a member of the prom court.
She hopes to pursue a science-related or criminology degree next year. Vanessa hopes she is representing her grandmother Maggie, and all the other members of the Duffy-Baker-Oddy-Salamy clan well in her Winter Carnival duties.
Nicholas Patrick Bayruns is the son of Anne and Bob Bayruns and the brother of Robert Bayruns. He was born in Tucson, Arizona and has lived in Saranac Lake since second grade.
During his time in high school Nick has enjoyed playing varsity soccer, hockey and baseball. Nick also actively participates in Future Business Leaders of America and is the editor of the school newspaper. After high school he plans to go to a four-year college to study broadcast journalism. He wishes everyone a very happy carnival!