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95th Rose Queen is picked in Pasadena

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Vanessa Manjarrez of Mayfield Senior School was named the 95th Rose Queen for the Tournament of Roses Parade at a ceremony in Pasadena on Tuesday.

As Tournament of Roses President Sally Bixby prepared to call the name out, the seven members of the Rose Court – all dressed in bright red dresses -- clasped each other's hands. Cheers and screams for supporters rang out as Vanessa Manjarrez's name was read aloud from the envelope.

According to her bio on the Tournament of Roses website, Manjarrez lives in Pasadena and participates in the Dance Conservatory, the National Charity League, the Pasadena Humane Society and Villa Esperanza. She hopes to study stem cell research and genetics.

The Tournament of Roses 2013 Royal Court -- named on Oct. 8 -– also includes Madison Teodo of La Canada High School; Sonia Shenoi of San Marino High School; Kathryne Benuska of Maranatha High School; Nicole Nelam of Pasadena High School; Tracy Cresta of La Salle High School; and Victoria McGregor of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

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-- Jason Wells, Times Community News

Photo: Vanessa Manjarrez, left, is hugged by Rose Princesses Madison Teodo, middle, and Sonia Shenoi as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses named Manjarrez as the 95th Rose Queen on Tuesday morning on the steps of Tournament House in Pasadena. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

 
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