Over 900 Pasadena-area young women participated in the Royal Court tryouts. The process of choosing the queen takes one month.
“Rose Queen Ana Marie Acosta and the six Rose Princesses for 2014 are exceptional young women,” said Scott Jenkins, Tournament of Roses president, in a released statement. “In their roles representing the Tournament of Roses and the city of Pasadena, the Royal Court members are symbols of hope for the future and I know they will inspire many young girls during the next few months.”
Acosta is 17 years old and lives in Altadena and attends Polytechnic School. She is captain of her school’s varsity equestrian team and a cabinet member of its Girls Service League. She also serves on Poly’s Ambassadors Council and participates in National Charity League and Girl Scouts, for which she is currently working on her Gold Award. She aspires to become a surgeon specializing in neurology. She is the daughter of Dr. John H. and Sarah Acosta and has one old sister Christina.
The Rose Princesses are: Sarah Elizabeth Hansen, 19, (Pasadena City College), Kayla Diyana Johnson-Granberry, 17, (Pasadena High School), Jamie Ann Kwong, 17, (La Salle High School), Katherine Diane Lipp, 17, (La Cañada High School), Elyssia Hadi Widjaja, 17, (San Marino High School) and Elizabeth Katie Woolf, 17, (La Cañada High School).
Photos by Dan HOLM