The Mystic Krewe de St. Denis announces the Royal Monarchs for the 44th Tableau and Ball, which will be Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Natchitoches Events Center.
Sarah Christine Stamey
Miss Sarah Christine Stamey will reign as Queen for the 2022 Mystic Krewe de St. Denis Tableau and Ball. Stamey is the daughter of Krewe members Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bath Stamey. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Owen Stamey Jr., the late Mr. Stamey, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph William Pope. She is a 2020 graduate of St. Mary’s High School and was Valedictorian of her graduating class. She also served as Student Council President and was elected Homecoming Queen.
Currently, Queen Sarah is a sophomore at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where she is majoring in Biology with a Medical and Allied Health Sciences concentration, as she plans to pursue a doctorate in a health care field. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and is the Director of Community Service and Philanthropy. In addition, she is a member of the Pre-Professional Society. Stamey has made the President’s List or the Dean’s List each semester. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness activities, cooking, watching certain baseball games and enjoying time with her family and friends.
John Clifton Conine Sr.
John Clifton Conine Sr. will reign as King of the 2022 Mystic Krewe de St. Denis Tableau and Ball as St. Denis Jet Sets Through The ‘20s. Conine has lived in Natchitoches since 1956 when his family moved from Dallas to develop one of the first commercial poultry production operations in the area. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lane Clifton Conine, and is married to the former Frances Watkins. The couple has two sons, John Clifton Jr. and Joseph Watkins. They also have one grandson.
King Cliff studied Business at Northwestern State University and was active in student government. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert School of Law in 1980. While in law school, he worked for the Louisiana Legislative Council. Prior to starting his law career in Natchitoches, he was employed in the oil and gas industry in the Baton Rouge area and Sell’s and Gray Circus. He is a former partner in the Law Firm of Luster, Conine, and Brunson, which specialized in commercial practice. He also operated as legal counsel and Executive Director of the Natchitoches Area Drainage and Levee Board for eight years. He is currently self-employed and serves as a Trustee for the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Louisiana. He is a member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Louisiana Bar Association and the Natchitoches Bar Association.
Conine served for over 10 years as a board member, president and legal counsel for the Natchitoches Council on Aging and served on the board and as president of the Natchitoches City Planning and Zoning Commission. He reigned as King of the St. Denis Art League Spring Festival and is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Natchitoches. He has been a member of the Krewe for 26 years and previously served as a Duke in 2002 and 2007, and as Captain in 2015.
Sidney Bunyan Evans III
Mr. Sidney Bunyan Evans III will serve as the 2022 Mystic Krewe de St. Denis Captain. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Bunyan Evans Jr. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Forestry Science in Forestry in 1987. He is self-employed as a Forester/Land Manager and manages his family’s timberland properties.
Evans serves on the Board of Directors for Exchange Bank and Trust. He also is a member of the Louisiana Forestry Association Executive Committee, the Natchitoches Parish 4-H Foundation Board, LSU College of Agriculture Alumni Association Board and is the Chairman of the Natchitoches Soil and Water Conservation District. He is a member of the Agitators Club and attends First United Methodist Church.
Evans’ hobbies include boating, hunting, traveling and attending college sporting events. Sidney and his wife, the former Joelle Dalton, are the parents of three daughters, Courtney Evans Sprunk, Laura Leigh Evans Romig and Anne Dalton Evans. They have one grandson, Cooper Dalton Sprunk. They have been members of the Krewe for 26 years and he has served previously as a Duke and as King in 2013.
Emilyn Matthews Horton
Emilyn Matthews Horton will serve as the 2022 Mystic Krewe de St. Denis Belle of the Ball. She is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Harold Matthews and is a Natchitoches native. Horton received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1987, Master of Education in Early Childhood Education in 1993, and Specialist in Education in 2001 from Northwestern State University. She is currently the Child Search Coordinator and an Educational Diagnostician for the Natchitoches Parish School Board and has been in education for 31 years. She also is an adjunct professor in the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development at NSU. Horton is serving her second term on the Executive Board of the Louisiana Association of Educational Diagnosticians as the Region 6 Representative. She also currently serves on the NSU Alumni Association Board and Boys and Girls Club Advisory Council.
Horton has served Phi Mu Fraternity on local and national levels for 34 years. She also served as President of the Service League of Natchitoches and is a member of the Prudhomme Rouquier Foundation Board. She is a member of Chapter BK of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and Beta Sigma Phi. Her hobbies include playing tennis, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She and her family are members of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Horton is married to Krewe President, Dr. Steven Giles Horton, and they have two daughters, Elizabeth Horton John and Mary-Katherine Millspaugh Horton. They have been members of the Krewe for 26 years.