Krewe of Athena Celebrates FESTIVALS
The Krewe of Athena celebrated its 17th Annual Ball on January 19 at the West Cal Event Center. Lee Peck of Fox 10 News in Mobile was the emcee with music provided by The Mixed Nuts Band from New Orleans. Brookin Alexander provided videography. The costumed Ball had over 750 attendees celebrating any and all festivals imaginable!
Queen Hera XVII is Jordan Bellard Steelman of Sulphur. A native of Carencro, she graduated from Carencro High and holds a BS degree in Early Childhood Education from McNeese. She is in her fourth year as an educator, teaching kindergarten at Prien Lake Elementary. The Queen’s parents are Ricky and Chris McMullen Bellard of Carencro. She is married to Ryan Steelman and they have a son, Ben. Jordan is a Phi Mu Sorority Alumnae and is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Maplewood. This is her fifth year as a Krewe member, and she served as a Princess in 2009.
Captain Athena XVII was Tracie Gros Sims who is a lifelong resident of Carlyss. She is a graduate of Sulphur High and holds BA and MA degrees in Early Childhood Education from McNeese. She teaches at WT Henning and this is her 24th year as a teacher. The daughter of Randy and Kat Gros of Sulphur, she is married to Tom Sims. Her son Tiger is married to Jennifer Sims and her daughter Tara is engaged to Mike Jones. Her grandson is Sean Thomas Sims. The Captain is a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Sulphur and the Krewe of Cosmos. She is a charter member of the Krewe and reigned as Queen Hera X in 2012.
Duchess Aglaia XVII was Brittany Stewart Onxley. A native of Iowa and a resident of Sulphur, she is a graduate of Iowa High and holds a degree in General Studies from McNeese. She is a personnel recruiter for Hannen and Associates. The daughter of Maureen McCain Augustine and David Stewart, she is married to Alex Onxley and they have a son, Grayson. She is a member of East Ridge Baptist Church in Lake Charles and has been a Krewe member for two years.
Duchess Euphrosyne XVII was Tonie’ Lavergne Smith. A lifelong resident of Sulphur, Tonie’ is the daughter of Dennis and Debra Lavergne. She is married to Jonathan Smith and has a son Wyatt and daughter Hadley Kate. A 2007 graduate of Sulphur High, she has a BS degree in Elementary Education from McNeese. Tonie’ is in her seventh year of teaching, currently in first grade Spanish Immersion at Frasch. She is a member of Victory Worship Center in Sulphur. This is her fifth year as a Krewe member.
Duchess Thalia XVII was Brandy Williams Guidry. A Sulphur native and a graduate of Sulphur High, she is the daughter of James and Brenda Williams. Brandy is married to Jason Guidry and has two sons, Tyler and Dylan. She and her family are members of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Carlyss, and she is employed at Louisiana Millwork. She has been a Krewe member for two years.
The Krewe honors young adult children of members by presenting them as Princesses and Gents. Madison Brooke Sinclair, daughter of Jo and Clay Sinclair, is a Barbe High graduate and attends McNeese, majoring in Business Management. Annemarie Donovan Ryan, daughter of Mimi and Jacob Ryan, is a graduate of Barbe High School and is majoring in Medical Laboratory Science at McNeese. Caroline Elizabeth Hardy, daughter of Sharla and Kevin Hardy, is a graduate of Lacassine High and attends McNeese, majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy. Tanner Reese Simon, son of Amanda Foster Bankston and John Simon, is a graduate of Sulphur High and is employed by 108 Disposal as an operator and welder. Conner Beau Gauthier, son of Dana Conner Gauthier and Blane Gauthier, is a graduate of Sulphur High and is employed at Rouse’s Market. Iryn Joseph Woods, son of Bridgit and Ivy Woods, is a graduate of Lake Arthur High School and is studying Process Technology at SOWELA.
The Krewe of Athena is a women’s Krewe with 140 members and chooses its royalty strictly by the “luck of the draw.” It provides the “Tracy Beaugh Rising Star Award” at SOWELA each semester, giving $500 to a deserving graphic arts student.