Potential Rose Festival Princesses Apply Now!
Hannah Rice admits she did not know much about the history of the Rose Festival Court program. She was under misconceptions that it was a popularity contest or beauty pageant, but she still felt it would be a good chance to improve her speaking skills, so she took a big step outside her comfort zone and applied for the 2013 Court. A few months later Hannah Rose Rice of Madison High School was crowned Queen of the Portland Rose Festival for 2013.
“I am a very different person than the apprehensive senior who applied last December. I have found my voice, purpose, and an incredible group of friends I am proud to call my sisters,” says Rice (now a freshman at the University of Oregon). “I have learned that there is no image that a ‘Princess’ must fit. She should simply strive to be passionate, genuine and kind. I am so grateful that I learned these lessons, and I can’t wait to see a brand new class of young women learn them as well this spring.”
The Rose Festival Court program is now taking applications for 2014. The Rose Festival Court comprises up to 15 outstanding women who are selected from Portland-Metro area high schools. Each year the Court makes numerous community service visits around the region, serving as ambassadors for the Portland Rose Festival and the City of Portland. Many of these appearances are open to the public.
Deadline for turning in applications is Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Junior and senior high school students from Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties interested may apply.