Hundreds of Local Young Women Pursue Their Dream at Tournament of Roses 2017 Royal Court Tryouts

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7:34 pm | September 12, 2016

Hundreds of hopeful young Pasadena-area women between the ages of 17 and 21 flocked to The Tournament of Roses House on S. Orange Grove Blvd. Monday afternoon to stand before a panel and interview for the opportunity to be a part of the 2017 Tournament of Roses Royal Court. The 99 year old tradition had the young women mostly excited and nervous as they were given the chance to leave a lasting impression with hopes of being invited back and to secure a spot on the Royal Court and to hopefully earn the title of Rose Queen.

“The selection committee is looking for someone that is going to be a great ambassador for the Tournament of Roses,” said Tournament of Roses Vice President Amy Wainscott.

The young women came from a range of eligible high schools the region, including Pasadena City College, and were allotted a fifteen second second interview in front of the selection committee to state why they are participating in the Royal Court.

“It’s an anonymous process so they are issued a number and we don’t know their names, their schools, or where they live,” explained Wainscott about the interview process.

Participants are evaluated on a wide range of qualities including poise, personality, speaking ability and overall demeanor with academic achievement also playing a key factor, according to the Tournament of Roses website.

“I’m excited to meet people that I find inspirational,” said one participant named Audrey.

“It’s a great opportunity to participate in what my city offers,” said another participant named Deana.

There are four separate interview processes that lead up to a total of seven young women that will be named the 2017 Royal Court with one of them named the 99th Rose Queen on October 20.

Participants are notified by email if they are being invited to participate in the next interview session.

“I’m looking forward to meeting people that I wouldn’t normally meet. I’m looking forward to practicing interviewing and getting a feel for this and the real world,” said another participant.

Participants often find the experience rewarding and enjoyable, according to the website. Participants have the opportunity to meet previous Royal Court members, make new friends, learn about Pasadena’s tradition of the Tournament of Roses and be a part of history in the search for a Royal Court.

“Being a part of the Royal Court has opened up so many doors for me and so many opportunities,” said 2016 Royal Court Princess Donaly Marquez who now attends college at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

The young women that do make the cut have a busy month ahead of them in the days leading to the famed Rose Parade. Royal Court members will be required to miss several partial or full school days for wardrobe fittings, photography sessions, media appearances and community events, according to the website.

2017 Royal Court Finalists will be announced at Tournament House on October 4.

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