Michael Schwartz, a senior in civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, will portray St. Patrick, the patron saint of engineers, during the 102nd celebration of St. Pat’s in Rolla. Schwartz is from Foley, Mo.
St. Pat and his court will officially arrive in downtown Rolla at noon Wednesday, March 10. Following a procession through downtown in the traditional manure spreader, the court will preside over follies at the pavilion on 9th and Oak streets near the railroad tracks.
The court will also participate in formal coronation ceremonies at 9 p.m. Friday, March 12, in Leach Theatre of Missouri S&T’s Castleman Hall. There, honorary knights and student knights will be dubbed and the St. Pat’s Queen of Love and Beauty will be announced. This year’s free public ceremonies will feature pyrotechnics.
The 2010 celebration continues on Saturday, March 13, with the annual St. Pat’s Parade through downtown Rolla. The parade begins at 11 a.m.
The following students have been elected members of St. Pat’s court this year:
– Master guards: Emily Triptow, a junior in history from Ballwin, Mo.; Chris Flinn, a junior in mining engineering from Fenton, Mo.
– Guard: Kevin Hillemann, an undeclared sophomore from Chesterfield, Mo.
– Herald: Kenny Moore III, a junior in technical communication from Vienna, Mo.
– Trumpeter: Joe Bohnenstiehl, a sophomore in architectural engineering from Defiance, Mo.