The selection for the 2024 Royal Court is just around the corner, and the pool of applicants have been narrowed down to 28 finalists.
Applicants from 15 Pasadena-area schools have participated in the interview process and seven of the finalists will be named to the 2024 Royal Court on Oct. 2.
Before the final round of interviews, the finalists for the 2024 Royal Court, presented by Citizens Business Bank, took a group photo on the front steps of Tournament House.
The Tournament of Roses has a long-standing tradition of celebrating educational excellence and continues the legacy by providing each Royal Court member with a $7,500 academic scholarship.
Additionally, they partake in personal development programs designed to enhance their public speaking and presentation abilities, boost self-confidence and refine their etiquette skills. Royal Court members are provided with opportunities to actively participate in the community, make positive contributions and discover ways to connect with local leaders.
Royal Court members experience countless benefits: becoming part of an organization dedicated to hands-on volunteerism, discovering opportunities to connect with and give back to the local community, developing public speaking skills and growing self-confidence.
Volunteer members of the Tournament of Roses’ Queen and Court Committee made their selections based on a number of criteria including academic achievement community and school involvement, public speaking ability and youth leadership.
The 2024 Royal Court will ride down Colorado Boulevard on the Royal Court float in the 135th Rose Parade presented by Honda and attend the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the 110th Rose Bowl Game, both on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024.
The Royal Court finalists local to La Cañada Flintridge are Kendall Cuxil, Payson Dillon, Maya Dingle and Allison Ingrassia of La Cañada High School, and Marissa Cotte, Jessica Powell and Mia Moore Walker of Flintridge Preparatory School. The other finalists include Giulia Bhatia, Evyn Ableson and Olivia Bohanec of La Salle High School; Gabrielle Trujillo of Pasadena High School; Halo Byrd and Asha Morgan-Joseph of The Waverly School; Elizabeth Trinh and Cornelia Halferty of Mayfield Senior School; Emmerson Tucker of Blair High School; Phoebe Ho of South Pasadena High School; Mira Emamaullee of San Marino High School; Clara Ortega and Trinity Dela Cruz of John Marshall Fundamental High School; EllaRyley Fortich of John Muir High School; Naomi Stillitano, Danielle Workman, Niyat Haregot and Shivani Wadhwa of Arcadia High School; Viridiana Sanchez of Rosemead High School; Anna Shore of Temple City High School; and Kayla Dumas of EF Academy.
First published in the September 28 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.