A New St. Lucia Receives Her Crown of Candles
Christmas tradition continued at Gustavus Adolphus College with the 78th Annual Festival of St. Lucia.
Crowds gathered for the festival as the six sophomore women who the college community believe to resemble the values of St. Lucia, were celebrated.
Sophomore, Tyra Banks, was crowned with candles and recognized as this year's St. Lucia.
The festival celebrates St. Lucia, who as the story goes, is "clothed in white and crowned with light" and is known for her compassion.
"I really didn't think I was a compassionate person, I thought I was just, you know, being me," says Tyra Banks, 2018 St. Lucia, "but they see that as being compassionate because I was brought up to put people before myself and their thoughts and their well-being before myself and that's just how I was raised. Sometimes it's good and sometimes it's bad, but that's just how I was raised and that's what I've been doing since I got here and people like that I guess."
Tyra is studying biology and is involved on campus with student organizations and is a member on the track and field team and says she is proud to be seen as a light and an inspiration to others.
The festival starts the Christmas season in Swedish tradition, and as the college was founded by Swedish immigrants it seems only fitting for them to carry on the tradition.