“The bouquet gets heavy after a little,” newly-selected Rose Princess Ana Marie Acosta told us as she stood for interview after interview on Monday. The 17-year-old attends Polytechnic School in Pasadena, a private school known for its high academic standards.
“It’s very academic, but very fun, too,” she said. “My friends are so supportive. My friends said, ‘They don’t usually pick a Poly girl,’” but she tried out anyway. That heavy bouquet is proof that Poly girls have what it takes to represent the Tournament of Roses.
“I’m sad I’m missing school, I actually am,” Ana said. She keeps busy with extracurricular activities such as captaining the school’s varsity equestrian team, serving as a cabinet member for the Girls Service League and on Poly’s Ambassadors Council, participating in the National Charity League, and working on her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Read “Rose Parade Royal Court for 2014 announced with pomp and drama” for a slideshow of the announcement and links to each Princes Profile.
Asked what her favorite thing to do in Pasadena is, she replied, “That’s really hard. Obviously, my favorite thing would be the Rose Parade.” Would she like to ride her horse in the Rose Parade? She said she would love too, but “my horse would spook.”
Ana lives in Altadena and trains in equitation at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley, and has been accepted into the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s 2013 Emerging Athletes Program. She aspires to become a surgeon specializing in neurology. Her parents are Dr. John H. and Sarah Acosta; she has one older sister, Christina.
Asked if being a Rose Princess is a dream come true for her, Ana replied, “Very, very much so.”
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