Jessica Gaulke, 22, has been the Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes for Minnesota for the last six months. Shortly after her ride in the Rose Parade, on Thursday, she gave up her crown and title and crowned her successor. She is a senior at Augsberg College and has put her last term as a sociology major on hold as well. She has also moved up her wedding date to next week.
In March, Jessica's National Guard Unit will be send to Fort Hood for training, then will head to Iraq in August.
Jessica was given the opportunity to serve out her term as Queen but she declined. "I'm part of a team, and I have to be part of that team the entire time," Jessica said.
Her job is repairing generators on helicopters. She jokes that they gave her the job as Princess in Robbinsdale and later Queen because she could fix the float if it broke down!
Jessica made her commitment to the National Guard while she was in high school. She is proud to serve and is the first member of the Queen of the Lakes court to do so.
We wish Jessica well. She has demonstrated the character and patriotism that makes this country great. Thank you, Jessica.