Rose Court Interviews Started Saturday, Wrap Up Monday

Hundreds line up for the interviews, conducted this year inside Wrigley Mansion

Published : Monday, September 9, 2019 | 4:32 AM

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association on Saturday started screening hundreds of young women hoping to become part of the 2020 Tournament of Roses Royal Court during the first of two initial interview sessions at Tournament House, the permanent headquarters of the Tournament of Roses at 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.

The second session will be held Monday, September 9. These two sessions constitute the first round of interviews from which about two dozen finalists are culled.

During this initial step in the selection process, the applicants are given 15 seconds each to present themselves before an 11-member selection committee, which will determine who among the applicants can go on to the next round. The committee looks for candidates who display the right combination of poise, public speaking ability, youth leadership, academic achievement, and community and school involvement.

Of those who go through the initial presentation, about 250 young women will be asked to come back for a second round of interviews, scheduled on September 14. The number narrows down to about 75 coming back for the third round, according to the screening procedures.

Near the end of the screening process, an announcement ceremony is held to present 25 candidates as finalists for the 2020 Royal Court. The final seven members of the Royal Court will be presented about a week later, and the 102nd Rose Queen will be crowned on October 22.

The young ladies who make it to the Royal Court experience such benefits as 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.

The 2020 Royal Court will attend nearly a hundred community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area.

On New Year’s Day, the Rose Queen and her Royal Court will be riding on the Royal Court float in the 131st Rose Parade presented by Honda. They will also be attending the 106th Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.

The Tournament of Roses Association said all of the ladies who take the initial interview sessions will be given two tickets each to attend the Royal Ball, a semi-formal dance hosted by the Tournament of Roses at the Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday, September 21.

For hopeful Court Members and Queen, there is more information here: https://tournamentofroses.com/events/royal-court/

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