With May Dance just around the corner, the 2015 Collinsville Tepee May Maids are busy being good stewards to the community to help raise funds for this longtime youth organization.
This year’s May Maids are:
Madeline Sullivan, 14, is the daughter of Mary Ellen and Steve Sullivan. She is representing the eighth grade at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School, where she is president of the Student Council, secretary of the Yearbook Club, captain of the Math Team and in a book club. She has also taken piano lessons for nine years, flute lessons for five years and ballet for 10 years. Madeline plans to attend the University of Wisconsin’s Veterinary School after she finishes high school. Her May Dance gown is lilac. She will be escorted by Matthew Fischer, who is also an eighth grader at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School.
Bella Tucker, 14, is the daughter of Clint and Liza Tucker. She is representing the eighth grade at Collinsville Middle School, where she is a member of the school’s volleyball team and on honor roll. She has played soccer since she was four years old and currently plays for Gateway FC. Bella also plays club volleyball for SWI Crush Volleyball. After high school, she plans on going to college to pursue a medical career. At May Dance, Bella will be wearing a coral gown. She will be escorted by Logan Whitehead, also an eighth grader at Collinsville Middle School.
Audrey Fowler, 15, is the daughter of Jason Henry and Julia Fowler. She is representing the freshman class at Collinsville High School, where she is a member of the Fellow Christian Athletes and the Freshmen Executive Board. She took dance lessons for five years and gymnastics for a year. She is currently a member of both the high school volleyball and basketball teams. Audrey hopes to earn a scholarship for both volleyball and her good grades to attend Penn State to pursue a medical career. She will be wearing a pink gown at May Dance and will escorted by Tyler Gilliland, who is also a freshman at Collinsville High School.
McKenna Miller, 16, is the daughter of Paula and Dan Shoforth and Robert Miller. She is representing the sophomore class at Collinsville High School, where she is a member of Varsity Cheerleading Squad, K.A.D.A., Student Council, Kahok Strong, French Club, Drama Club and Key Club. McKenna has been involved in gymnastics for seven years and taken singing lessons for five years and piano for three years. After high school, she would like to attend medical school to become an oncologist. McKenna’s May Dance gown is cerulean blue. She will be escorted by Clayton Hartman, a sophomore at Collinsville High School.
Carlee Mahan, 16, is the granddaughter of Bob and Rosanna Rickett. She is representing the junior class at Collinsville High School, where she is a member of the basketball, softball and volleyball teams, as well as the Spanish National Honor Society, Spanish Club, 2016 Executive Board, The Kahoki and Student Council. Carlee is also a member of St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ. She plans on attending a four-year university and hopes to major in journalism or sports broadcasting. At May Dance, Carlee will be wearing a turquoise gown and be escorted by Cole Young, who is also a junior at Collinsville High School.
Lauren Harrison, 18, is the daughter of Carol and Clarence Harrison. She is representing the senior class at Collinsville High School, where she is a member of the Drama Club, Public Concert Choir, Spanish National Honor Society and serves as a Relations Officer for Saturday Scholars. She also volunteers for Vacation Bible School at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She has taken piano lessons for three years and figure skating lessons for five years. After graduating from high school this year, Lauren plans on attending Truman State University and double majoring in English and Biology. She is considering a career in science journalism. Lauren will be wearing an emerald gown during May Dance. She is being escorted by Trey Bauer, a senior at Collinsville High School.
The 2014 Queen Michelle Allen, 15, is the daughter of Shelley and Bill Bauer and Mike and Shelly Allen. She’s a freshman at Father McGivney Catholic High School, where she is a member of the Spanish Club, dance team and cheer squad and plays volleyball, basketball and soccer. She hopes to study medicine after high school at a four-year university. At the May Dance, she will be wearing a white gown. Michelle will be escorted by Nick Suria, who is a freshman at Collinsville High School.
The annual May Dance supports Collinsville Tepee, an organization for the youth of Collinsville. Since 1951, middle school and high school students from private and public schools within Collinsville have raised money to help keep the nonprofit youth center operating. The May Maids compete by hosting community fundraisers to earn the most points with the money they have collected. On May 2, this year’s May Queen will be crowned at the May Dance coronation at Collinsville High School.