Senior Jessica Erhart, a GPS Ambassador and member of the Key Club and Christian Forum, was elected to reign over the 2013-14 May Day festivities. The senior class voted earlier in the week for the six members of the court who were introduced at assembly: Emily Cullum, Mary Chandler Gwin, Erhart, Megan Rohn, Meghna Talluri, and Lucy Whitfield. After the announcement, the queen was escorted around the theatre by Interim Head Dr. Sue Groesbeck to the cheers and applause of students, especially from her classmates.
Later in the day, Emily Cullum was named Maid of Honor. Her mother, Becky Buckbee Cullum '83, was Maid of Honor in her senior year.
Members of the court are representative in the “highest sense” of the ideals of the school, and they are chosen in part because of the positive contributions they make in all areas of school life. The court includes academic and athletic stars, club leaders and publications’ editors, and dedicated community service volunteers. This year, all are members of the National Honor Society.
A school-wide vote by the entire student body chooses the queen and Maid of Honor. The court will be presented during the traditional GPS May Day ceremony on Wednesday, April 30, that honors all members of the senior class. Lucy Whitfield will be the crown bearer; Megan Rohn will be scepter bearer; and Meghna Talluri and Mary Chandler Gwin will be trainbearers.
As an Ambassador, Erhart eagerly promotes the school in the Chattanooga community. She is the vice president of NHS and a member of Honors Orchestra.