THS senior competes for Halloween Queen title
A Tonganoxie High School senior was one of 13 area high school girls to compete in the 99th annual Halloween Queen Contest on Oct. 31 in Hiawatha.
Jessica Rubio, daughter of Delia Rubio and Carlos Rubio, competed against 12 other candidates representing northeast Kansas towns.
Rubio, whom First State Bank and Trust sponsored for the contest, has participated in cross country, power lifting, track, science Olympiad, eco meets, scholars bowl, science club, FCCLA and foreign language club.
After high school, Rubio plans to attend Washburn University to major in biology.
Miss Horton, Shayne Hobbler, was this year’s queen and will receive a $750 scholarship. Miss Baileyville, Abby Olberding, was first runner-up and will receive a $500 scholarship. Miss Lancaster, Allison Becker, will receive a $200 scholarship. She was named Miss Congeniality.
The Hiawatha Halloween festivities started in 1914 after resident Elizabeth Krebs proposed a Halloween party and parade afer several years of “tomfoolery and vandalism” always ended up ruining her flower beds on Halloween night, according to the Hiawatha World.