Miss Elizabeth Kate deVargas reigned as Queen of the Spring Festival Court, which was presented by the St. Denis Art League at its 50th annual ball April 28.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Emile deVargas. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Gordon Whitford and the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard McCleish deVargas, all of Natchitoches.
A senior at St. Mary’s High School, Miss deVargas is active in both school and community activities. She has been a member of the St. Mary’s cheerleader squad for three years, serving as co-captain her senior year, and received the UCA All-American Cheer Award. She has been a four year member of the A honor roll, as well as a member of The Bishop Martin National Honor Society. She participated in Literary Rally for three years, while earning The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay award. During her high school years, she participated in Beta Club, FBLA, FCA, and served as Vice President of LEO Club. She received a National History Day Project regional award. She was chosen as a member of the Homecoming Court and served as a delegate to Louisiana Girls State. After high school, Elizabeth plans to major in psychology at Louisiana Tech University.
In the community, Elizabeth has been a hostess for Summer Dance for four years. She is a member of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. She was presented as a maid of the Mystic Krewe de St. Denis 2018 Mardi Gras Court.
Elizabeth’s family has been involved in the League’s celebrations for many years. Her mother, the former Amy Whitford, was presented as a Lady of the Court in 1982, as were her aunts, Jennifer Whitford Rossi, Rebecca Boswell Alost, and Susan Boswell Murphy, respectively She served as Herald to Queen Courtney Elizabeth Evans in 2009 and as an usher in 2016.
Queen Elizabeth Kate deVargas and Ladies of the Court were honored at the Queen’s Tea, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Corwyn Aldredge, Jr. on April 7th. She was also feted at a luncheon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward K. Ahrens on Sunday, April 8th. Hostesses were Mrs. Ahrens and Mrs. Elizabeth Dalton, longtime friends of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard M..deVargas, Elizabeth’s paternal grandparents. Aunts of the Queen, Mrs. Connie Boswell and Mrs. Jennifer Rossi, honored her with a luncheon at The Samuel Guy House on Saturday, April 21st.