This fall, seven lucky girls—no, not so much lucky as poised, articulate, intelligent, community-minded, and comfortable being who they are—will be chosen to serve on the 2015 Tournament of Roses Royal Court. One of the young women will become the Rose Queen.
Applications are now available on the Tournament website. The first round is held over two days, Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Schools are assigned specific time slots, but if an applicant cannot be there at that time, she can come during any of the tryout hours.
What is the Queen and Court Committee looking for in a member of the Royal Court? We asked with three former Rose Princesses, Sarah Fredrickson and Tenaya Senzaki.
“They don’t want cookie-cutter girls,” Sarah said. She advised girls to show the judges what kind of person they are, whether funny or serious. Tenaya said, “Don’t try to be who you think judge will pick. Be yourself.” She added that the committee is looking for poise and confidence. “If you are confident with yourself, they will see that shines through.”
The Royal Court is chosen from a field of nearly 1,000 girls who come to Tournament House to try out. The first cut takes about half the applicants, and then the field is narrowed to around 75 semi-finalists, and finally 30-35 ladies who are presented to the media at the announcement of the Court.
Former Royal Court members brief applicants on what to expect and are available to answer questions. Tours of the historic Wrigley Mansion are offered and the applicants are gifted with a rose, photo, official Rose Parade poster, and an invitation to the Royal Ball on Sept. 26, 2014.
To participate, an applicant must
- Be an unmarried, female resident of the Pasadena Area Community College District and able to provide verification of residence.
- Be a senior in high school or enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 units) in any accredited school or college in the Pasadena Area Community College District. A list of eligible schools is here.
- Possess at least a 2.0 (C) grade point average in both the current and previous years' course work and able to provide verification of same.
- Be at least 17 years of age by Dec. 31, 2014, and not more than 21 years of age before Jan. 5, 2015, with no children.
- Complete an official contestant's application and participate in one of the initial interview sessions.
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