Crowned: Taylor earns Winter Carnival Queen honors

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Cora Taylor is crowned Michigan Technological University's Winter Carnival Queen by 2017 Queen Amber Toboyek and Vice President for Administration Ellen Horsch during Saturday's ceremony at the Rozsa Center.

HOUGHTON — Some Winter Carnival Queen candidates sing. Some make art. Some cook.

Cora Taylor found a way to do all three.

The triple threat got crowned Winter Carnival Queen after Saturday night’s competition at the Rozsa Center.

Taylor also won the Audience Choice award.

“I’m really excited about it obviously, and I think it’s a really good opportunity to represent Michigan Tech in its best light,” Taylor said. “That’s something the queen exemplifies is Michigan Tech values, and I live by them. I’m just excited they thought I was a worthy candidate.”

Caroline Spezia was named runner-up. Grace Carey, the second-runner up, was also named Miss Congeniality.

Taylor’s choice of talent was inspired by pancake art videos she saw on Facebook.

“I was like, ‘Well, I want to do that, but I can also sing,'” she said. “So I was like ‘I’ll try to do both.’ I’d never done it before I started doing it for the talent. I wasn’t totally sure how it was going to go, but it went OK.”

Taylor poured black, white and gold batter on a pan while taking affectionate aim at the “staircase to nowhere” at the Memorial Union Building and the wind harp.

“The wind, 30 miles an hour/We are wearing shorts in snow showers/Yet no matter the breeze, the wind harp still won’t play,” she said.

At the end of the song, she flipped the pancakes over to reveal art on each, including the Husky logo.

After her exam on Monday, Taylor plans to work on Delta Phi Epsilon’s snow statue with her sorority sisters. She will also be part of its skit for the Stage Revue.

“I’m pretty stoked for that,” she said.