Dreams came true for seven girls, who just three weeks ago were among almost a thousand hopefuls and are now ambassadors for the Tournament of Roses and the City of Pasadena. The 2014 Rose Parade Royal Court was announced on Monday, Oct. 7 by Tournament president R. Scott Jenkins, and Examiner was there for the excitement.
In introducing the finalists from which the court would be chosen, Queen and Court Committee Chair Alex Young noted that “They are 30 shining examples” of what a Rose Princess should be.
Jenkins said, “The theme is ‘Dreams Come True,’ and for the seven princesses of the Rose Court, they are about to see how and why this is the case.”
The princesses for the 2014 Royal Court are (left to right in the photo)
- Rose Princess Jamie Ann Kwong, 17, La Salle High School
- Rose Princess Sarah Elizabeth Hansen, 19, Pasadena City College
- Rose Princess Ana Marie Acosta, 17, Polytechnic High School
- Rose Princess Katherine Diane Lipp, 17, La Cañada High School
- Rose Princess Elyssia Hadi Widjaja, 17, San Marino High School
- Rose Princess Elizabeth Katie Woolf, 17, La Cañada High School
- Rose Princess Kayla Diyana Johnson-Granberry, 17, Pasadena High School
Read “Rose Parade Royal Court for 2014 announced with pomp and drama” for a slideshow of the announcement and links to each Princes Profile.
The seven will reign over the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game, as well as making more than 100 appearances over the next few months and throughout the 2014. They will be seen by millions of fans on television and along the parade route, and at local events and institutions.
This commitment to community and opportunity for their futures means sacrificing many of the signature events of their senior year in high school, but the benefits of serving on the Royal Court last well past New Year’s Day. The queen and princesses receive custom-designed wardrobes and educational scholarships, a very nice addition to their resumes, and experiences and memories that last a lifetime.
The next major event in the lives of these young ladies is the announcement and coronation of the Rose Queen, which will be announced on Oct. 24, 2013 and reported in this column.
The theme of the 125th Rose Parade and 100th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 2014 is “Dreams Come True” The Tournament of Roses is a celebration that lasts several weeks in the fall and winter. Like All Things Rose Parade on Facebook or subscribe to Tournament of Roses Examiner by clicking the "Subscribe" link for the latest news and for upcoming announcements. If you have a question or would like a reply to your comment, please post on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org