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Rose queen and royal court crowned

October 27, 2011 |  4:14 pm

Rose Queen Drew Washington was crowned Thursday
Members of the Tournament of Roses' royal court donned their jeweled crowns for the first time in an elegant coronation ceremony Thursday at the Pasadena Convention Center.

The Rose princesses -- Sarah Zuno, 17, of Highland Park; Hanan Worku, 17, of Pasadena; Morgan Devaud, 18, of La Cañada Flintridge; Kimberly Ostiller, 17, of Altadena; Cynthia Louie, 17, of La Cañada and Stephanie Hynes, 18, of Pasadena – appeared in royal blue gowns on the arm of a Marine escort, the Pasadena Sun reported.

After the princesses were introduced, Rose Queen Drew Washington — at 16, the youngest of the court — appeared in a white gown on the arm of Tournament of Roses Assn. President Rick Jackson.

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"This experience is going to be an unforgettable experience," Drew said on stage. "I'm really looking forward to creating a bond with these six sisters."

KNBC-TV Channel 4 anchor Colleen Williams asked the royal court members how they plan to juggle all of their duties — an estimated 150 public appearances during their yearlong reigns — with their educations and career ambitions.

"I think we've just learned to fit it into our schedules," Drew said. "Sleep is very important. We're all very talented young women. We just have to learn to handle things."


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Photo: The 2012 Tournament of Roses Rose Queen Drew Washington is crowned by Rose Assn. President Richard Jackson at coronation ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center on Thursday. Credit: Raul Roa / Los Angeles Times