The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® named Nadia Chung as the 103rd Rose Queen® at the announcement and coronation ceremony presented by Citizens Business Bank. The event took place on the front steps of Tournament House and was hosted by Lynette Romero, anchor/reporter of the KTLA5 Morning News. The announcement was made by 2022 Pasadena Tournament of Roses President Bob Miller and follows a month-long selection process with students from 24 Pasadena area schools participating in interviews. The Rose Queen and Royal Court were selected based upon a combination of qualities, including public speaking ability, academic achievement, youth leadership and community and school involvement.
Chung is a senior at La Cañada High School and lives in La Cañada. She is currently a journalist for the Los Angeles Times in the High School Insider division, a company member of California Contemporary Youth Ballet, an intern at the Outlook Newsgroup, president of the LCHS speech and debate team, coordinator for accessibility in debate education with Beyond Resolved, president of the Mock Trial Team, managing editor of the Outspoken Oppa, president of the Mini Mission, president of Concert Choir, Girl Scout member, vice president of the Los Angeles MD Junior Chapter, publicity chair for LCHS UNICEF, secretary for the National English Honor Society and member of the 2020 Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court.
Chung enjoys training and performing classical ballet, advocating for social justice, reading, writing, hiking with her brother and spending time with family and friends. In college, she plans to study political science and journalism. She is interested in attending Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Northwestern, American University or Brown. Ultimately, Chung aspires to attend law school and become a civil rights attorney. She is the daughter of Sanah Chung and Sonia Chang and has a brother, Toby.
During the coronation ceremony, President Miller presented Rose Queen Chung with a Mikimoto crown featuring more than 600 cultured pearls and six carats of diamonds.
2022 Rose Queen Nadia Chung and the 2022 Royal Court will attend numerous community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community and the greater Los Angeles area. Each Royal Court member will receive a $7,500 educational scholarship from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.