The Tournament of Roses announced the seven members of the 2017 Royal Court. Selected from a group of 34 finalists, the Royal Court will attend nearly 100 community and media functions, acting as ambassadors of the Association and the Pasadena community at large. Their reign will culminate on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 with the 128th Rose Parade® presented by Honda and the 103rd Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual.
The announcement follows a month-long process with nearly 1,000 people participating in the interview process. The Association’s Queen and Court Committee made its selections based on a number of criteria including poise, speaking ability, academic achievement, and community and school involvement.
The seven Royal Court members are (in alphabetical order): Audrey Mariam Cameron (#727) of Blair High School; Victoria Cecilia Castellanos (#533) of Temple City High School; Maya Kawaguchi Khan (#732) of Arcadia High School; Shannon Tracy Larsuel (#299) of Mayfield Senior School; Autumn Marie Lundy (#212) of Polytechnic School; Natalie Rose Petrosian, (#617) of La Cañada High School; Lauren Emiko Powers (#325) of Arcadia High School.
“The 2017 Royal Court consists of seven extraordinary young women who are now ambassadors for America’s New Year Celebration,” said Richard De Jesu, chair of the Tournament of Roses Queen and Court Committee. “Through Jan. 2, the Royal Court will participate in numerous events that will be treasured memories for the rest of their lives.”
The announcement and coronation of the 99th Rose Queen® and presentation of the Royal Court is on Oct. 20 at the Pasadena Playhouse; the event is sponsored by Citizens Business Bank. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase from Sharp Seating Company.
The members of the Royal Court receive cosmetics and consultation from Estée Lauder, flowers provided by Jacob Maarse, wardrobe and accessories from Macy’s, crowns and tiaras courtesy of Mikimoto, formal gowns from Tadashi, and hair styling from The Spa Santé.