Queens of the Tournament of Roses
Each year in September and early October, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses administers a selection process to determine which greater Pasadena-area girls will have the honor of being crowned Queen of the Tournament of Roses, or one of the members of her "Royal Court". Each year over 1,000 girls (and few boys) between the ages of 17 to 21, try out. Six princesses and one queen are chosen. They are high school and college students within the Pasadena City College district attendance area.
The winners then ride on a float in the parade, and carry out duties in promotion of the Tournament, mainly during its duration and prelude. Their duties include attending over one hundred events in the Southern California area and presiding over the Rose Bowl Game. They usually receive scholarship money, a 30-piece wardrobe, and other benefits. The crown, provided by Mikimoto, is valued at $100,000.[clarification needed] It is adorned with 600 cultured pearls and 6 carats (1,200 mg) of diamonds. During the time that they attend Tournament events, usually from October to January, each girl usually attends school a few times a week for only a few hours at a time.
Ana Marie Acosta of Polytechnic School was crowned 2014 Rose Parade Queen on October 24, 2013 during the Coronation Ceremony. Other members of 2014 Royal Court Sarah Hansen, Pasadena City College; Kayla Johnson-Granberry; Pasadena High School; Jamie Kwong, La Salle High School; Katherine Lipp, La Cañada High School; Elyssia Widjaja, San Marino High School; and Elizabeth Woolf, La Cañada High School.
Vanessa Manjarrez of Mayfield Senior School was named the 2013 queen on October 16, 2012. Members of the court includes Madison Teodo of La Canada High School; Sonia Shenoi of San Marino High School; Kathryne Benuska of Maranatha High School; Nicole Nelam of Pasadena High School; Tracy Cresta of La Salle High School; and Victoria McGregor of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.
Drew Helen Washington, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy was the 2012 queen. Other members of the 2011-12 Royal Court were Sarah Nicole Zuno, Benjamin Franklin High School; Cynthia Megan Louie, LaSalle High School; Morgan Eliza Devaud, La Canada High School; Kimberly Victoria Ostiller, Flintridge Preparatory School; Hanan Bulto Worku, Pasadena High School; Stephanie Grace Hynes, Maranatha High School
Evanne Friedmann was named the 2011 Rose Queen on October 19, 2010. The official Coronation ceremony was held on October 28, 2010 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The 2010 Royal Court: Natalie Innocenzi, 17, of Arcadia, and a student at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is the 92nd Rose Queen and the princesses are Katherine Hernandez, June Ko, Lauren Rogers, Kinsey Stuart, and Ashley Thaxton.
Recent Queens of the Tournament of Roses
- Rose Queen gets her crown, Pasadena Star-News, October 28, 2010
- Tournament of Roses Past Themes
- Rose Queen and Royal Court
- Ana Marie Acosta crowned 2014 Rose Parade Queen, Long Beach Press-Telegram, October 24, 2013
- The 2011 Tournament of Roses Coronation Ceremony, Tournament of Roses, November 28, 2010
- Rose Queen Officially Crowned in Coronation Ceremony, KTLA News, October 28, 2010
- "Crowning the queen", Glendale News Press, November 5, 2009
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