“Of course, it’s my dream,” Rose Princess Kayla Diyana Johnson-Granberry responded to our question.
The entire Pasadena High School ASB and several students from the tennis team came to Monday’s Rose Court selection announcement to cheer Kayla on. The 17-year-old competes on the PHS tennis team.
“I feel like we hold so many traditions in Pasadena—the Rose Parade, football games, UCLA and USC.” (Though her mother went to crosstown rival John Muir High School, Kayla did not mention that other famous game played in the Rose Bowl, the annual Turkey Tussle between the two high schools.)
“It’s a mecca,” she continued. “There are so many things in this city, it’s like a little city in a big area.”
Read “Rose Parade Royal Court for 2014 announced with pomp and drama” for a slideshow of the announcement and links to each Princes Profile.
Kayla has played the piano since she was 8 years old and enjoys photography, but she also actively pursues academic success. She has participated in College Bound, a weekend educational program that prepares students for admission into and graduation from higher education institutions, since she was in 5th grade. She has also participated in California Youth Think Tank, which trains and inspires young people to become future leaders, and has held an internship for two years in the City Attorney’s office through Ideal Youth, Inc.
Kayla is the daughter of Derrick and Samantha Granberry and Donald Johnson, and lives in Altadena.
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