Our 2023 Queen Colleen is Crystal Crowell!
Crystal said of her crowning, "Being crowned the 2023 Queen Colleen is an absolute honor. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this pageant and am honored to represent the parade as the new Queen. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and this amazing organization."
Crystal was born in Indiana, where she was adopted and raised in a military family where she had the opportunity to live in five different states before turning 10-years-old. She then went on to attend high school and college in Virginia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. While in college Crystal was a cheerleader for a semi-professional football team. Where she also became a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. An active volunteer for many years, she believes strongly in the importance of giving back and making a difference in the world around her. That personal mission has guided and inspired her career and passion for community service.
2023 Queen Colleen Court
Queen Colleen's First Runner-Up: Mollie Michaud
Born and raised in Colorado, Mollie started competitive Irish dance at the age of five. Growing up with two music educators, she was active in performing arts and played the oboe for nearly eight years. After graduating high school, Mollie pursued a career in nursing, obtaining her BSN at Regis University. She was then hired as a nurse at Craig hospital working in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Mollie’s job allows her to help patients rebuild their lives after terrible accidents. She still continues to compete as an Irish dancer when not at work. It’s a great way to unwind!
Queen Colleen Court: Jordan Ruegge
Jordan was born and raised in Colorado to two Colorado natives and grew up attending Denver's St. Patrick's Day Parade every year. Her ancestors can be traced back to 1899 in the northern part of the state. She was a Girl Scout through middle school, earning herself the top seller award each year. Her most successful cookie season yielded 1,212 boxes sold. Jordan loves watching Colorado sports, but mostly the Colorado Avalanche! Her favorite memory was celebrating their most recent Stanley Cup win with her younger brother and attending the parade downtown. In her free time, she loves reading, crafting of all kinds and hanging out with her dog, Wednesday.
Queen Colleen Court: Elizabeth “El” Maroney
Introducing El, she is 23 years old and has lived in Colorado her whole life. She is going to school for nursing and achieving a BSN in two years. When she is not in school, she is working full-time at First American title while working a second job on the side. She also aims to get a green belt in Krav Maga during her free time. From a young age, she has volunteered at the Butterfly Pavilion and has worked with St. Presbyterian/St. Luke's hospital to learn how to be involved in a community and learn what it is like to join the medical field.