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Five Students Move on to Final Round in Historic Metro Princess Selection

Sixty-two enthusiastic metro area high school students came together today at the Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego competing for the position of the fifteenth Rose Festival Princess. As the seven volunteer judges watched, each took the stage and gave a short speech. The 24 girls that made the first cut were asked to present a longer speech and answer two questions in the next round. When the calculators cooled off five young ladies emerged to move on to the final round.

The five finalist vying for the historic new Metro Princess position will go in front of the judges one more time Tuesday, March 3, before the winner is announced Friday, March 6 at the Lakewood Center at 3:00 p.m.

The five-finalist for the NEW Rose Festival Metro Princess position are: Bethany Schroeder (Southridge High School), Breanna Burnett (Tigard High School), Brooke Beland (Gresham High School), Jessica Mole (Glencoe High School) and Jessica Naranjo (Century High School).

The Rose Festival Court is presented by Pacific Power represents their schools throughout May and June at many community events, hospitals, senior centers and meetings with business leaders and civic groups. Each selected Princess will be awarded a $3,500 scholarship courtesy of The Randall Group, which has generously donated to the Rose Festival court scholarship program since 1997. Pacific Power provides a mentoring program of female executives who are matched with the court members as well as sponsoring the Queens Coronation.

The mission of the Rose Festival Court program is to provide scholarships for higher education, to promote community outreach and volunteerism, to offer networking and mentoring opportunities to outstanding young women in a program that perpetuates an appreciation for Rose Festival history and tradition.

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