Rose Queen named to preside over Rose Parade (and much more)
The 16-year-old captain of the varsity volleyball and track and field teams at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy can now add Rose Queen to her credentials after her name was called during a pageant-tense ceremony Tuesday morning in Pasadena.
Drew Washington's jaw dropped after her name was called, the six other members of the Tournament of Roses Royal Court showered her with congratulations, and screams rang out from her high school peers in the audience.
As the 94th Rose Queen, Washington — a Pasadena resident — will be sent to more than 100 appearances on behalf of the Tournament of Roses Assn. She will also be featured in the 123rd Rose Parade on Jan. 2, with millions of people watching on live television.
It's a grueling public schedule, but one that hundreds of young women in the Pasadena area strive to attain each year.
Candidates must be between 17 and 21 years of old and be enrolled at a school within the boundaries of the Pasadena Community College district. This year, roughly 1,000 young women applied, a group that was whittled down to 34 finalists.
Of those, seven were named to the Royal Court on Oct. 10. Aside from Washington, the Royal Court including Sarah Zuno, Hanan Worku, Cynthia Louie, Kimberly Ostiller, Stephanie Hynes and Morgan Eliza Devaud.
-- Jason Wells and Kelly Corrigan, Times Community News
Photo: Drew Washington, center, from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, was named the 94th Rose Queen. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times