King and Queen crowned at 68th Mardi Gras Ball

McNicholas High School celebrated its 68th annual Mardi Gras Ball on Feb. 16. Each year a court and honor guard are voted on by students and faculty. These students are recognized for their involvement in the McNicholas community. The full court consists of 20 senior males and 20 senior females. The Junior and Sophomore Honor Guards each consist of eight students, four males and four females.

When the court and honor guards are announced, the senior male and female with the second highest number of votes are named Captain of the Ball and Maid of Honor. This year, the Captain of the Ball was Aidan Guessford and the Maid of Honor was Marie Steinkuhl. However, King and Queen aren’t revealed until the night of the Mardi Gras Ball. This year’s Mardi Gras King and Queen are Donald Noble and Abigail Jarrold.

“Once I heard my name I was super excited, and it made me feel very loved and appreciated by all of my friends, classmates, the faculty, and the McNick community,” Jarrold said. Both Jarrold and Noble were shocked and overjoyed to learn they had been named Queen and King.  “Honestly, I was kinda surprised…I just thought it would’ve gone to someone else,” Noble said.

Jarrold has also been greatly involved within the McNick community through one year on the Women’s Volleyball Team, two years on the Women’s Basketball Team, three years on the Women’s Tennis Team, three years as a Peer Mentor, 4-year Student Council Member 2-year member of National Honors Society 1-year member of Art National Honors Society 1-year member of Hope Squad, among many other activities.


In his four years at McNick, Noble has been involved in the community through four years on the Men’s Bowling Team, 4 years on the Men’s Volleyball Team, three years participating in pep band, jazz, band, and concert band, two years in Marching Band, being a Hope Squad member, among many other activities.

In the future, Jarrold plans to attend college at either University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of Dayton, or The Ohio State University. “I plan to go in undecided and choose an exploratory major so I can keep my options open and find something I truly love,” Jarrold said.

Noble plans on attending college for a Music Education degree to eventually become a music teacher. He has been accepted to the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, but he is hoping to pass his audition at his top choice school, Bowling Green State University.

Per tradition, the queen and king are not revealed until the night of the Mardi Gras Ball. “When they announced my name as queen I just started to smile really big and laugh as everyone gave me hugs,” Queen Abigail Jarrold said. Photo courtesy of

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