Juliana Van Gorp has been named 2018 Tulip Queen – twelve girls took the stage Saturday evening at the announcement party, held at Pella High School. Van Gorp said she was standing with the rest of the girls and was beyond excited to hear her name called; she said she wasn’t expecting to hear her name, but is joyful, grateful and excited for the upcoming spring. Van Gorp will be joined by Elise Beukelman, Lexi Dejong, Naomi Tripp, and Tressa Vos who were all named to the 2018 Tulip Queen Court.
The Executive Director of The Well in Pella has been named to a state board by Governor Kim Reynolds. Jayson Henry has been named to the Workforce Development Board. The unpaid position, which requies Iowa Senate confirmation, has a number of duties – a big task includes the development and implementation of a 20-year comprehensive workforce development plan.
Despite a hard-charging comeback, the Pella Christian football team’s season ended for the second straight year with a gut-wrenching loss to Regina. The Eagles fell to the Regals 37 to 35; both teams traded big plays in the first half, but Regina pulled away in the 3rd quarter and had a 16 point lead late in the period. Pella Christian came roaring back in a similar fashion to their 2016 game, with the Eagles scoring twice in the final period to bring the score within two, and Hayden Vroom intercepting a pass with over four minutes left in regulation. But the Eagles dropped a pass in the endzone and missed two field goals in the final minutes. Pella Christian ends at 11-1 and with a final four finish for the first time in program history.