Seven bouquets of red roses were laid out the morning of Monday, October 7, awaiting the seven about-to-be-named Royal Court members. Amid the upbeat music of the Pasadena City College Lancer Band, the air was tense with anticipation as reporters, classmates, and family and friends of the Royal Court finalists filled the south lawn of Tournament House.
Inside the house, the 30 finalists nervously waited for their cues – each clinging to her white suiter escort and grasping a single red rose. Following opening remarks by the Chair of the Queen and Court Committee, Alex Young, they emerged one-by-one to cheers from the crowd and descended the stairs, hoping to hear their name called once more.
The beaming finalists held their breath as Tournament of Roses President Scott Jenkins asked for the envelopes. After a month-long interview process, the wait would soon be over.
Swept up in a wave of shock and excitement upon hearing her name, each princess made her way to the front of the stage. They stood smiling – and shaking – until all seven princesses had been named. Finally, these young women, chosen for their poise, speaking ability, academic achievement, and community involvement, stood before the crowd ready to serve as Tournament of Roses ambassadors:
Jamie Ann Kwong (#24), 17, La Salle High School; Sarah Elizabeth Hansen (#408), 19, Pasadena City College; Ana Marie Acosta (#474), 17, Polytechnic School; Katherine Diane Lipp (#253), 17, La Cañada High School; Elyssia Hadi Widjaja (#86), 17, San Marino High School; Elizabeth Katie Woolf (#254), 17, La Cañada High School; and Kayla Diyana Johnson-Granberry (#446); 17, Pasadena High School.
What’s next for the Royal Court? One of the seven princesses will be announced and crowned as the 96th Rose Queen on Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m., at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase from Sharp Seating Company.
Want to hear more about the 2014 Royal Court? Join us on the official Royal Court Facebook page and follow their journey as they make more than 100 appearances leading up to the Rose Parade presented by Honda and the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO.by