Abby Martelle represents NCCC as Winter Carnival Princess

Feb. 2, 2024


SARANAC LAKE – As the 2024 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival kicks off tonight, the college is excited to once again have one of its students among this year’s royalty.

Abby Martelle was selected to represent North Country as this year’s Winter Carnival Princess. She will officially receive her crown at tonight’s coronation ceremony at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

Abby Martelle stands in front of a background of trees“Being picked for carnival is an honor,” Martelle said. “I am very excited to not only be a part of all the festivities but also to have been chosen to represent the college.”

A graduate of Saranac Lake High School and a student in the college’s Criminal Justice program, Martelle was a member of the women’s soccer and lacrosse teams. She’s also the student representative on the college Board of Trustees.

The daughter of Christine Stevens-Conover, Martelle is a former member of the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department and has donated her hair three times to Wigs for Kids. Her hobbies include reading, collecting vinyl and culturing her little brother Jaycob in the ‘80s classics. She hopes to become a New York State Trooper.

Each year, North Country and Paul Smith’s College select a prince and princess to be part of the carnival royal court. This year’s prince, representing Paul Smith’s, is Edwin Rafael Rosales Melara. Both he and Martelle are in for a busy next ten days, as they try to attend as many carnival events as possible.

“I am incredibly excited to attend royal activities, to be in the parade, and of course, to see the fireworks and lighting of the palace,” Martelle said. “I hope everyone has a wonderful carnival!”

The college is proud to once again be a sponsor of this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, which runs from Feb. 2 to 11. For more information visit,