The seven princesses who make up the 2015 Rose Parade Royal Court were announced Monday morning in front of hundreds at the Tournament House。
The seven princesses are: Bergen Onufer, Mayfield Senior School;Madison Triplett, John Marshall Fundamental High School; Simona Shao, Westridge School; Gabrielle Current, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Mackenzie Byers, Pasadena City College; Veronica Mejia, Pasadena City College; and Emily Stoker, Temple City High School。
Shao, 17, is president of the Westridge Glee Club, a member of the Westridge Madrigals and has recorded a demo track produced for Rihanna. The Arcadia resident completed an internship at the “Hurun Report” in Shanghai and has volunteered at Hubei International High School in China。
The seven were chosen from a pool of 31 finalists. Finalists were chosen from about 700 contestants who tried out over the past month. The Rose Queen will be announced on Oct. 21.
“Let there be no mistake about the depth of beauty in these incredible 31 young women,” Tournament of Roses President Richard Chinen said before the announcement. “The intelligence, the talent, the passion are all easily discovered once you speak with any one of them。”
The Royal Court will make as many as 100 media and community appearances, and reign over the 126th Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “Inspiring Stories。” They also will attend the College Football Playoff Semifinal in the Rose Bowl Game, presented by Northwestern Mutual, on January 1, 2015.
“I hope that I can be a really good role model to a lot of girls that are watching the Rose Parade like I did when I was really little,” Shao said。