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Glenwood Ridge kindergartners stage ‘Q and U’ wedding
'Q' and 'U' marry at Glenwood Ridge Elementary
To celebrate the union of the letters "Q" and "U," and to coincide with Great Britain's royal wedding held a few hours earlier, Glenwood Ridge Elementary School kindergartners had a wedding ceremony Friday morning.
The bride, dressed in a pink dress and a tiara, walked down the aisle toward the groom, who wore a Basehor-Linwood Bobcats football uniform.
The scene, though markedly different from the one in London watched by hundreds of millions several hours earlier, was the answer to Great Britain’s royal wedding from Allison Budimlija’s kindergarten class at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School on Friday.
The students held a wedding for the letters “Q” and “U,” celebrating the eternal union between the letters in the English language and coinciding with the nuptials that added a new member to the English royal family earlier that day.
Chloe Siefkas portrayed Queen “Q,” and Tegory Gray was Prince “U,” characters borrowed from a book that Budimlija read to the class before the ceremony. Their 15 classmates were in attendance.
The groom, and other boys in the class, wore football get-ups because they was dressed as quarterbacks, a notable "Q-U" word, for what the GRES kindergarten teachers had dubbed "Q-U Day."
Tegory, though, was the only boy to wear a whole uniform, complete with knee and thigh pads, from his youth football league last fall. Tegory's mother, Marilyn Oliva, said she had vetoed the helmet and shoulder pads Tegory had also wanted to wear that morning.
The girls dressed as queens, wearing brightly colored dresses and tiaras.
As Budimlija read to the class from “The Exquisite Wedding of Q and U” by Kathleen Pederson before the ceremony, she quizzed them on their “Q-U” words.
“Who can tell me what 'exquisite' means?” she asked.
“Fancy!” yelled Malia Pebley.
After reading the book, the class brought the ceremony to life.
The wedding appeared briefly in doubt when two consecutive grooms developed pre-wedding jitters and had to withdraw, but Tegory stepped up to the challenge.
Chloe held a real bouquet (another “Q-U” word) of flowers as she walked down the aisle. Budimlija, officiating, administered the couple's vows, in which they promised always to stick by each other, forming a “kwah” sound. She then addressed those in attendance.
“As witnesses, you are all reminded of how important it is that U always stands by Q's side,” Budimlija said. “And whenever you write 'Q,' you will know that 'U' belongs right next to it.”
With that, the two were announced as a couple, and Chloe and Tegory touched their “Q” and “U” paper sheets in a “kiss.”
A reception followed the short ceremony. The students enjoyed a British tea, with cupcakes and cups of iced tea. Six of the 17 students said they liked the taste of the tea.
Afterward, Tegory emphasized that it was just a performance.
“I didn't get married,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chloe remembered her favorite part of being a bride: “Holding the flowers,” she said.