A queen, 20 years removed
Julie McBroom can relate to Kelsey Reed, who was crowned Lansing High School Homecoming queen Friday. Twenty years ago, McBroom wore the crown.
"I was surprised that I won, and excited," McBroom said.
She remembered "it was really cold that night" as she rode around the high school track with the older brother of a fellow LHS student in his Corvette.
Not that much has changed in Lansing since then, McBroom said, except that the school and the town have both grown a lot. From her youthful appearance it is easy to agree with her; it is harder to believe McBroom's Homecoming queen reign began 20 years ago.
She just moved back to Lansing in September after 11 years in Colorado and Shawnee. McBroom said her children, Baylee and Blaine, do miss their old friends, but "we have so many friends here, Lansing is a little bit like home," she said. Both she and Todd have family here whom they had often visited.
McBroom didn't hesitate to get involved in her children's new school, Lansing Elementary, upon moving. As a member of the Lansing Parent-Teacher Association, she was asked recently by first-grade teacher Nancy Collard to handle repainting the map of the United States on the school's playground after it had been asphalted this summer. McBroom organized a small group of volunteers, and they finished the map Sunday.
McBroom said she was now helping prepare an upcoming walking field trip for her son's first-grade class to the Lansing Historical Museum.
Additionally, she and some of her fellow LHS alumna with whom she plays bunco are planning the reunion for the class of 1986.
Name: Julie McBroom
Address: 16479 Dana Lane
Occupation: Office Manager
Family: Husband, Todd; daughter, Baylee; son, Blaine
How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? I just moved back in September from Shawnee. It was family that brought us back, on both my and my husband's sides.
What do you like most about Lansing? The small community; knowing everyone.
What do you do for fun? Outside activities - camping, skiing, bike riding, golfing and playing basketball with my family.
What would surprise people about you? That I'm as creative and crafty as I am. I do floral arrangements and home decor. I learned it without any formal training.
What's the best advice you've received? "Don't count your chickens before they're hatched." That's from my mother.
What organizations or clubs do you belong to? Lansing PTA, American Business Women's Association, Platte City Chamber of Commerce and Missouri Board of Chiropractics