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2016 Rose Festival Court Begins to Take Shape Following First Judging

Judging for the 2016 Rose Festival Court presented by Unitus Community Credit Union completed on Saturday, February 13, at the Providence Portland Medical Center. Of the 87 applicants that applied, 42 students qualified to compete for the final 15 princess positions. Nine juniors made the final round — including two students representing Lakeridge High School, which is making its first appearance in the Rose Festival Court Program for Metro East.

Each applicant gave a one minute introduction, plus a one minute speech to a panel of community volunteer judges. The winners of the first round returned in the afternoon for a final judging session to determine the fifteen Princess candidates who will be announced March 1 through March 18 (2016).

Junior and senior girls from class 4A to 6A schools in the tri-county area who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 20 hours of verifiable community service were eligible. Candidates represented the 13 traditional Portland Schools as well as the East Metro with students from Clackamas and East Multnomah Counties and West Metro students primarily representing Washington County schools. (Metro schools represented include: Aloha, Centennial, Century, Clackamas, Glencoe, Lake Oswego, Reynolds, Southridge, Tigard, Valley Catholic, Westview, Corbett(new), Estacada, Lakeridge(new), Metro East Web Academy, Milwaukie, Sam Barlow, Sunset, West Linn, and Wilsonville.) Participating Portland schools will conduct a school-wide vote which is good for 50% of the judging results.

Members of the 2016 Rose Festival Court receive a $3,500 scholarship generously provided by The Randall Group.

Kicking off the largest spectator event day in Oregon, the 2016 Portland Rose Festival Queen will be crowned at the Queen’s Coronation presented by Unitus Community Credit Union Saturday, June 11, at 9:15 a.m. — just before the Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk at 9:30 a.m. and the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade at 10:00 a.m. (For tickets to the Queen’s Coronation at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum go HERE.)

2016 Rose Festival Court Finalists and School Announcement Dates

(This schedule is available as a PDF, including dates and times – click HERE)

St. Mary’s Academy – March 1 (Tuesday)
Jean Elliott
Emily Jayne
Devyn Wilson

Grant – March 2 (Wednesday)
Claire Bacon-Brenes
Sarah Siano [Junior]
Olivia Wolfe

Roosevelt – March 3 (Thursday)
Grace Aasen
Katheryn Johnston

Central Catholic – March 4 (Friday)
Mariella Fischer
Stephanie Galati
Elyse Malone

Parkrose – March 7 (Monday)
Leah Coyle
Olivia Emmons [Junior]
Melissa Ibrahim

David Douglas – March 8 (Tuesday)
Juliana Baker
Korrie Brown
Dekoda Dean
Stephanie Vo

Jefferson – March 9 (Wednesday)
Nakiya Burns
Bryana Hanks [Junior]
Sabrin Sanders

Franklin – March 10 (Thursday)
[This announcement will take place at the Marshall High School campus, located at: 3905 SE 91st AVE Portland OR 97266]
Abigail Freimark

Cleveland – March 11 (Friday)
Serena Gaines
Brette Ramsey

Lincoln – March 14 (Monday)
Helena Raposo [Junior]

Madison – March 15 (Tuesday)
Angelique Duckworth
Samantha Lonie
Abigail Reyes Santiago [Junior]

Metro East – March 16 (Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.)
[This announcement will take place at: World Trade Center Auditorium]
Isabella Livingston – Lake Oswego
Anna Peters – Lakeridge [Junior]
Grace Ramstad – Centennial
Claire Williams – Lakeridge [Junior]

Metro West – March 16 (Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.)
[This announcement will take place at: World Trade Center Auditorium]
Amy Martin – Sunset [Junior]
Hannah Smith – Century
Gabby Tor – Century [Junior]
Arianna Webb – Westview

Wilson – March 17 (Thursday)
Stacy Andrews
Ester Emlen
Ishara Handagala
Atiya Rauf

Benson – March 18 (Friday)
Cinthia Aguilar-Arizmendi
Emily Pineda