At McNicholas High School, Mardi Gras is about welcoming the Lenten season and celebrating students who have committed themselves to selflessly serving their school and others. Seniors Jacob Fries and Christiane Hazzard were crowned the 2017 Mardi Gras king and queen at the yearly, traditional pageant held Sunday, Feb. 19.
The Sisters of St. Joseph, who founded McNicholas High School, brought the Mardi Gras tradition from their hometown of New Orleans to the school in 1952. Since then, it has been a rich tradition that is truly unique to McNicholas, celebrating the service of 40 senior court members and 16 junior and sophomore honor guard members. Those honored have participated and served in the school and community throughout their high school experience. Votes by their peers and faculty accumulate over four years.
Fries is the son of Yvonne and Mark Fries and is a member of St. John Fisher parish. He is a four-year dean’s list student and has completed about 100 hours of service. He is a three-year varsity tennis player and a Liturgy Choir member for four years including one year as assistant director and accompanist. Jacob has been an actor in six plays and four musicals and is the chapter’s International Thespian Society Vice President. He has been a member of the Ecology Club and International Club for three years, a Student Philanthropy member, Kairos Leader, Peer Mentor, National Hispanic Scholar, and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Jacob is a member of the McNicholas Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honor Society, and National Honor Society.
Hazzard is the daughter of Therese and Robert Hazzard and a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish. She is a four year honor roll student with over 140 hours of community service, and a four-year member of both the Service Club and Student Council with two years as vice president. Hazzard was a member of the theatre crew for two years and is a member of the International Thespian Society. She has been a Kairos Assistant Rector, Freshmen Retreat Leader and a McNicholas Ambassador. Hazzard is captain of the softball team and has been recognized as MVP, two-time Offensive Player of the Year, Division II Cincinnati Player of the Year, 1st Team All-City, and 2016 Nominee for Greater Cincinnati High School Sports Awards. She is a two-year Talent Show participant, Homecoming Committee member, member of the Journalism Staff, Junior Year Perfect Attendance Award, Liturgy Choir musician, Shantytown participant and member of National Honor Society.