Dances and Queens
By the 1920s, all formal campus dances featured the selection of a Queen and her "royal court."
For women involved in high society this was a great honor, and the Queens were featured prominently in the Hatchet yearbooks. In many ways this paralleled the long standing St. Louis tradition of selecting young women as the "royal court" for the high society Veiled Prophet Ball.
Other yearly dances gave their own unique crowns.
The Junior Prom gave a crown with cherries and hatchets, symbolizing the folk-tale of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, which was the inspiration for the yearbook title "Hatchet." The Engineer's Ball Queen wore a modest circlet.