Rose Festival Court Becomes Even More Inclusive
4A Schools Added to Eligibility List
Applications are out and recruiting is underway for the 2011 Portland Rose Festival Court Program presented by Pacific Power. After successfully unveiling its expanded Court program in 2009 to accept metro area schools, the Rose Festival is again loosening its eligibility requirements to allow students from metro area 4A schools to apply. Now for the first time in Rose Festival history students from Molalla, Estacada, Gladstone and LaSalle can compete for the crown of Queen of Rosaria. Applications are due on December 15, 2010.
The internationally recognized scholarship program opened its enrollment to an additional 28 area schools in 2009, adding its first-ever ‘Metro’ position to the court. Tigard High School’s Breanna Burnett was selected in 2009 and Jessica Hua of Aloha High was the 2010 Metro Princess. High school juniors also became eligible to apply, and Grant High School junior Rachel Seeman was crowned the 2009 Rose Festival Queen.
The selection of Rose Festival princesses from local high schools has been a Rose Festival tradition since 1930. 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. Members of the 2011 Rose Festival Court will be announced in February and March, 2011. The Rose Festival begins on Friday, May 27, with the official Opening Celebration and Fireworks at Waterfront Village. The Queen’s Coronation presented by Pacific Power will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11, 2011.