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2005 Mardi Gras

St. Paul's Carnival Association 2004-05
King Stephen Rogers and
Queen Heather Marvil-Rhodes

     The 2004-05 St Paul Association's Carnival season began on August 21, 2004, at the home of King Christian LXXIV Ken Austin.
     Theresa St Mary, Association president, charged king and queen candidates Stephen Rogers and Heather Marvil-Rhodes with the official association rules governing fund-raising activities and the Carnival season.  

     King Rogers, son of Janice Rogers arid the late Robert Rogers, was born in Lafayette, La.  He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree.  He is a Phi Kappa Psi alumnae.  Rogers and his wife, Lauri, and, children moved to South Mississippi in 1996.  He is involved with St Paul Parish and school, and with St Clare's Parish.  He currently serves as PTO treasurer, Bingo Volunteer, and Den Cub Scout Leader for Pack 316.  He also chairs student art for the silent auction of Boogie on the Bayou.  He is the owner of Live Oak Interiors of Bay St. Louis.
     Rhodes is the daughter of Fire Chief Richard A Marvil and Charlene Don1in Swanson. She is the granddaughter of Joyce Necaise Donlin and the late Charles Leonard Donlin of Pass
Christian.

     Queen Rhodes earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education at the University of Southern Mississippi.  In 2001, she completed her master's degree in educational administration.  She is a member of Mississippi Association of Educators, an alumna of Delta Gamma sorority, and supporter of St Jude Children's research Hospital and March of Dimes. Rhodes arid her husband, John, have been active in several ministries at both, St. Paul and, St. Thomas parishes.
     Rhodes taught first and third grades during the 1999-2000 school year and kindergarten for the 2000-01 school year at St Paul.  She has been active with St Paul Carnival Association for several years, as has her family.  Her aunt, Sharon Sperance, reigned as Queen Christiana in 1985, and her uncle Chuck Donlin served as Grand Duke m 1991.

     In attendance at the Charging and Champagne Party were members of the association's board of directors: Rev. Dennis Carver, pastor of St. Paul parish; Mrs. J .B. Pike, prlncipal of St. Paul Elementary School; and other invited guests, including current and former Royalty, Christiana 1985 Sharon Sperance, King Christian LXVIII Chris Schmidt, and King Christian LXXIII Rory Rafferty Jr. toasted the couple and wished them well in their endeavours.
     The couple will soon announce various fund-raising activities.  

     Carnival in Pass Christian began in 1915 and was reorganized in 1930.  Only the war years of Wortd War ll and the Korean Conflict halted the activities.  The St Paul Carnival Association governs the activities of the Carnival  season and monies raised go to the support of St Paul School.  
     The Carnival season, with a theme of Platinum Hits, will culminate with the crowning of King Christian LXXV and Queen Christiana 2005 on February 5 at the Royal Ball.  
     King Christian LXXV will reign over the St. Paul Carnival Association parade on February 6, and will toast his queen and the royal Court at the reviewing stand at Pass Christian City Hall.

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