Being able to speak in public, communicate clearly and stay on message are important aspects of being on the Royal Court. Rose Princess Elyssia Hadi Widjaja is well-qualified for the job. She is not only captain of San Marino High School’s Speech and Debate team and head anchor of its Titanian News Team, the 17-year-old teaches public speaking.
Her favorite thing to do is “spending time with my family and friends, making memories.” She also enjoys traveling, and has been to more than nine countries. “We try to go to Indonesia every year,” she said, because her grandparents live there.
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Elyssia is the treasurer of the ACTS Club, a Christian organization at SMHS, and has volunteered with the American Cancer Society and Let’s Hope Organization. She is interested in studying business, communications, public relations and/or broadcast journalism at either University of Southern California or Pepperdine University.
Elyssia is the daughter of Anthony and Suryani Widjaja and has two sisters, Lilliana and Erina.
Is being a Rose Princess a dream come true? “This is definitely my dream, ever since I was four years old. It’s indescribable.”
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