Stefanie Lorenz crowned as Chicago Steuben Parade Queen for 2017

Stefanie Lorenz was crowned as Kornblumenkönigin for the 2017 Steuben Parade- Chicago, on Sunday, August 6, 2017. The crowning took place at Tag der Donauschwaben in Des Plaines Illinois. Inge Himmel of the United German-American Societies of Greater Chicago officiated over the ceremony.

Stefanie Lorenz is a senior, studying psychology at Northern Illinois University. She has been a very active member of the German Community since she was 3 years old. Stefanie danced in the Chicago Donauschwaben Kindergruppe and attended the Wochenendschule from preschool until she graduated in 8th grade. She continues as a member of the Jugendgruppe, has choreographed several dances they have performed and also represented the Club as Rosenkönigin from 2012-2013.

In addition, Stefanie danced with the Egerländer Kindergruppe and has been a court jester for the Rheinischer Verein Prinzenpaar. Besides, Stefanie also enjoys singing, acting in theatre productions, traveling and baking. While she finishes her studies, Stefanie also currently holds a leadership position in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority on campus and was recently inducted into Tu Sigma, the National Honor Society for Transfer Students. Stefanie looks forward to seeing where her career takes her as a research psychologist.

At the ceremony, Inge Himmel placed the Kornblumenkönigin ribbon on Stefanie and Holly Antesberger, the previous Kornblumenköniging, put a sparkling tiara on Stefanie. United German Societies President Erich Himmel presented both Kornenblumenköniginnen a bouquet of red roses. Stefanie and Holly thanked everyone for this great honor in representing the German American Community at the Steuben Parade and other festivities throughout the year.

Stefanie is the daughter of Robert and Hildegard Lorenz, who are presently the Prinz and Princess of the Rheinischer Karenvalsverein Chicago. They are extremely proud of their daughter and her devotion in participating in the many activities in the German-American Community.

The Society of the Danube Swabians – Chicago is honored to have one of their members be chosen for this great honor and wishes Stefanie good luck and much joy in fulfilling this mission.

Annerose Goerge